Starting next year, Europeans will be able to take their smartphones anywhere within the EU and enjoy calls, texts, and data without paying a penny more than they do when at home. The European Commission has voted to scrap expensive roaming fees by July 1, 2014 as part of a major overhaul of telecoms regulation. According to The Telegraph, the source mentioned the following:
They agreed that this time next year we will have got rid of these charges.
The European Commission hopes that the change will also encourage European carriers to consolidate. As of right now there are roughly around 100 operators across Europe’s 27 member states, many of which are owned by the same parent company. This number is believed to be far too many. One of the sources said the following about the matter:
There are around 100 operators in Europe and only four in the US. That’s not sustainable if we’re going to have a single market and investment. Europe has less 4G mobile broadband than Africa at the moment.
Source: The Telegraph