New Proposal Would Further Cut Euro Roaming Costs

Posted by at 12:04 pm on January 31, 2012

The European Union continues its battle against high operators and their high roaming rates. The new measures, headed up by German politician Angelika Niebler, are calling for even steeper reductions, Reuters found. Compared to the reductions outlined last year by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who called for a one-minute call costing 24 cents when abroad in Europe, the new law would price the same cost at 15 cents.

Web surfing costs would be reduced from 50 cents per megabyte to 20. These changes, if approved, would likely annoy the providers, who typically make five percent of their sales and seven percent of their operating profit from such roaming fees.

The proposal will be debated in courts over the next few months, though the aim is to phase it in over the course of three years, starting this year.

 

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