ROAMING AND THE DIGIGTAL AGENDA:



 

Roaming and the Digital Agenda

 

The Digital Agenda is aimed to the convergence of domestic and roaming tariffs, but this will not happen with the current regulations. In the meantime, the Commission proposes to separate domestic from roaming services. Another priority is Internet security (children access, e-commerce).

The Digital Agenda is aimed to the convergence of domestic and roaming tariffs, but this will not happen with the current regulations. The Commission has proposed to separate domestic service from roaming service from 1 July 2014 on. Consumer can therefore choose another operator for rouming freely, but it is not clear if they should use a new SIM card or can keep both services in the same one.

 

Another proposal is the facilitation of access to the market by new operators (alternative, virtual). And, regarding the alliances between big operators, there is are discrepancies between those defending that it will offer better services to consumers, and those saying that this can lock the market, promoting its monopolization. In any case, the Commission wants to adopt the new regulation before the end of the current one (June 2012). Another priority in the Digital Agenda will also be internet security, including safe use for children and electronic transactions. At the beginning of December, the Commission will also present an open data strategy in order to promote transparency.

 

Also related to this, the EU wants to promote the investment in optical fibre networks, but the rent that large operators still charge to their competitors for the use of copper networks is still a main obstacle.

 

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