EU Could Drop Plans to Cut Roaming Costs

EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has dropped draft proposals to cut wholesale roaming fees within the EU, according to Reuters.

In an earlier draft, Kroes had proposed a cap of 3 cents per minute for voice calls from July 2014 to June 2022, a 70% reduction from the 10 cent cap that came into effect in July this year. She also wanted to decrease the wholesale cap for data to 1.5 cents per megabyte from the current limit of 15 cents.

These cost reductions are completely absent from Kroes’ latest draft plan, due to be unveiled on 10 September and allegedly seen by Reuters.

Her spokesman objected to this version of events, but insiders said that senior officials from Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom met Kroes last month to express their concerns about the plans.