The European Union seeks to extend and strengthen the free roaming service

Negotiated for an initial period of 5 years, the free roaming service in European mobile networks will not only be extended for another decade, but also improved.

All roaming charges were abolished across Europe in June 2017, after several years of price reductions, but regulations will expire next year. In preparation for the 5-year renewal, the EU authorities are seeking to strengthen regulations setting out the criteria for the operation of the European roaming service. Although many mobile operators have opposed its introduction, the European roaming service has brought many benefits to EU citizens, who can use their mobile phones without fear of being abusively charged for using networks other than their home country. . The system, based on the imposition of reasonable and homogeneous tariffs throughout the Union, also guarantees roaming access to mobile internet services.

The European Commission says more than 170 million Europeans have benefited from negotiated terms, with 17-fold roaming traffic between 2016 and 2019. The economic benefits associated with cross-border services are also a key pillar of the digital single market.

“Wherever we are in Europe, we can meet loved ones, talk about business and share stories along the way, without worrying about costly bills,” said European Vice President Margrethe Vestager.

“The end of roaming charges is a prime example of how the EU keeps millions of citizens connected and improves their lives. The new rules will keep the roaming service free and make it even better. ”

Commission proposals not only would it extend these provisions for another decade, but it would also ensure that Europeans enjoy the same quality of service in another country as at home. For example, a 4G subscriber in France would not be required to use 3G in Austria.

The EU says many new applications will require 5G connectivity to work efficiently, and citizens need to be sure they can be used when traveling.

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