European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes talks at a news conference on roaming charges at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels July 6, 2011.The proposals of the European Commission will allow users travelling abroad to opt for a cheaper mobile roaming contract from a competing provider while using the same phone number from their domestic operator. "This proposal tackles the root cause of the problem -- the lack of competition on roaming markets -- by giving customers more choice and by giving alternative operators easier access to the roaming market," EU Telecoms Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement as she announced the proposals on Wednesday. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
Challenges of reforming international mobile roaming rates
November 30, 2015,
Stuart Brotman writes that the European model of telecommunications is not a useful reference for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is the first-ever attempt to deal with international mobile roaming charges through a trade agreement, but these charges have not been handled adeptly by the European Union.