EU roaming charges to be banned by end of 2015


European Parliament votes to ban roaming charges from 15 December 2015

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of banning roaming charges from 15 December 2015.

The ban is part of wider telecoms reform underway by EU regulators which would see net neutrality safeguarded and more efficient management of the radio spectrum to free up space for 4G/5G services.

A European Commission survey earlier this year said that 94 per cent of Europeans restricted their use of mobile browsing due to the cost of roaming.

In 2013 MEPs voted to cap browsing costs at 45 cents (39p) per MB, compared with 70 cents (60p) the year before.

“This is what the EU is all about – getting rid of barriers to make life easier and less expensive,” said Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner for digital affairs. “We should know what we are buying, we should not be ripped off, and we should have the opportunity to change our mind.”

The law still requires approval by individual EU governments.