The European Parliament has voted to end roaming charges by June 2017.
The decision marks a lengthy effort by the European authorities to stop mobile operators charging consumers for making cross continental calls.
The move has been criticised in the past by UK mobile industry insiders who have previously told Mobile that the impact of the regulation was likely to be limited and relied heavily on the co-operation of operators.
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Nevertheless the European Commission heralded the decision calling it a ‘the final result of intense efforts’.
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Andrus Ansip, European Commission vice-president, said: ‘The voice of Europeans has been heard. Today's vote is the final result of intense efforts to put an end to roaming charges in the European Union. As from mid-June 2017, Europeans will pay the same price to use their mobile devices when travelling in the EU as they do at home. And they will already pay less as from April 2016.
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‘This is not only about money; this is about bringing down barriers in the Digital Single Market. Today's achievement is a first step towards a Telecoms Single Market. More work will need to be done to overcome national silos and address challenges such as spectrum coordination. We will go further as early as next year with an ambitious overhaul of EU telecoms rules. We count on the support of the European Parliament and Member States to make this happen’.
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