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No change to data roaming charges

6 March 2015

EU governments have voted to continue to allow data roaming charges until at least 2018, a decision at odds with the European Parliament and Commission. Despite consensus for ending roaming charges, implementation is proving contentious.

A number of national representatives successfully argued for a transitional period, in order to allow telecoms providers to adapt and to continue to invest in infrastructure which is key to the longer term plan of EU digital integration.

It’s bad news for those who use mobile phones and travel between EU states, but at least some telecoms providers made cuts to roaming charges last year. Meanwhile the adoption of an earlier, fixed date for removal is supported by organisations such as European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (whose members include Orange, O2 and Telefonica) and the UK and German governments.

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