ECTA Wants End to Roaming

ECTA encourages European Parliament to abolish mobile roaming charges

May 25, 2007

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Parliament endorsed a deal today, Wednesday 23rd May, to cap mobile phone roaming fees in the 27-nation bloc.

Innocenzo Genna, Chairman of ECTA, the pro-competition group, said of the decision, “While ECTA welcomes the Commission’s moves to reduce mobile roaming rates, we believe the only long-term solution is to encourage the development of pan-European services, which would abolish the concept of roaming once and for all.

“Roaming rates are a symptom not the cause of the problem. The problem is that operators are able to establish artificial national boundaries where none should exist, because there is not sufficient competition within the market. And the reason there is not competition is because non-incumbent mobile operators, which are in a position to create European-wide services, cannot get adequate access to the necessary networks.”

European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA)

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