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EU: no more mobile roaming fees beyond 2014

Brussels is demanding that Europe’s mobile phone operators scrap roaming fees on the continent within a year.

They are the scourge of travellers and business people everywhere and now the European Commission wants mobile roaming fees to become a thing of the past.

“In all sectors, but especially in telecommunications, there are no borders,” said the head of telecommuncations at the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, on Thursday.

Speaking at the European Parliament on Thursday, Kroes pleaded for an end to mobile roaming fees and equal access to the internet within the European Union.

“There is no other sector of our unfinished European market where the barriers are so unnecessary and still so high,” said Kroes during her speech.

Kroes wants “pan-European operators helping consumers take advantage of a borderless market” as well as “increased investment in quality networks and content”, reported news agency Reuters on Thursday.

“It is my belief that we can deliver such a package — this full, final, package — around Easter 2014,” Kroes told the European parliament.

The push for a single telecommunications market in Europe comes in the wake of fears that the continent is falling behind the United States and Asia, reported Reuters.

 

by: George Mills

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