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Introduction

Ahead of the end of roaming fees in 2017, disagreements have emerged over wholesale roaming costs and price caps, and the EC has finally adopted fair use guidelines that cap both data usage and time spent abroad.

Highlights

  • Setting unsuitable levels for wholesale roaming caps could lead to further market consolidation and higher domestic retail prices.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the changes to roaming "fair use" guidelines adopted by the EC.
  • Compares the proposed glidepaths for wholesale roaming data charges.

Key questions answered

  • What caps will the roaming "fair use" guidelines introduce?
  • How do the wholesale price cap glidepaths suggested by the Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the EU compare?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The EC’s roaming “fair use” guidelines will cap the amount of time a customer can spend abroad
  • Customers on unlimited data plans could face additional charges when roaming
  • Until an agreement is reached on wholesale roaming costs, it will be difficult to set the wholesale price cap
  • Failure to set sufficiently low wholesale caps could lead to price hikes for consumers

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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