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End of roaming charges: EU negotiators agreed on wholesale prices

Feb 1, 2017 | News

(01 February 2017) – Representatives of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed on how to regulate wholesale roaming markets (the prices operators charge each other when their customers use other networks when roaming in the EU).

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As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, EU negotiators agreed on the following wholesale caps: 3.2 cents per minute of voice call, as of 15 June 2017; 1 cent per SMS, as of 15 June 2017; a step by step reduction over 5 years for data caps decreasing from €7.7 per GB to €2.5 per GB (as of 1 January 2022).

Thanks to yesterday’s political agreement on wholesale rules and the rules on fair use policy and sustainability adopted by the Commission in December 2016, consumers can use their home subscriptions when travelling periodically abroad.

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