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Europe to slash mobile costs by €2bn

The European Commission is seeking to cut the cost of mobile phone calls yet further by imposing new caps on termination rates – the wholesale fees operators charge each other to connect a call from another network.

European telecoms weathering economic storm

The European telecoms sector continued to grow throughout 2008 outperforming the rest of the regional economy, according to figures released by the European Commission this week.

Commissioner’s axe hangs above EU text and data prices

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has been sharpening her axe again this week, proposing to cut the price of roaming text messages by as much as 60 per cent by next summer. On Tuesday the European Commission warned that EU citizens travelling in other EU countries should pay no more than Eur0.11 per SMS compared […]

Europe calls for better access to fibre networks

The European Commission has called for fixed line operators to allow rivals easier access to their next generation fibre networks, in a bid to stimulate competition and adoption of next generation services. On Thursday the EC launched a public consultation on the regulatory principles to be applied by EU member states to Next Generation Access […]

Mobile rate cuts to raise prices elsewhere

The European operator community has stepped up its attack on the European Commission’s proposals to cut mobile termination charges. The results of an operator sponsored report are out and they make uncomfortable reading for low and medium users of mobile services in Europe. In June, EU telecoms minister Viviane Reding proposed to bring mobile phone […]

Reding sets SMS cuts

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has said she wanted to see roaming fees for text messages fall by up to 70 per cent. The decision to clamp down on data will come as no surprise to the carriers. Reding said earlier in the year that she would turn her attention towards data having forced roaming […]

Roamers outside Europe paying price for reduced rates

European mobile operators have raised the price of roaming calls into the European Union by as much as 163 per cent as they seek to offset losses from reduced charges within Europe. The introduction of the Eurotariff in June, and its enforcement in September, capped European roaming charges at 49 eurocents per minute for calls […]

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