6/19/2008 10:56:00 AM
EU commissioner gives data roaming ultimatum
The EU commissioner for media and telecoms, Viviane Reding, said she is ready to intervene to reduce data roaming prices.
Speaking to national regulators of EU member states, the commissioner
said that if the cost of data roaming doesn’t fall by the beginning of July, she will make a proposal to regulate them.
A spokesman for Ofcom said: ‘We are encouraging operators to bring down data roaming prices, as there have been an increasing number of cases of “bill shock”. There has been movement in voice and text roaming, but data is in a much earlier stage of development so it should be treated with more caution. We are looking for evidence and doing research to address the issue.’
Mobile industry trade body GSM Association, which has mobile operators on its board, also opposes regulation, arguing that it is too soon to regulate data roaming.