Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EU: Important questions to the new roaming rules – ABC Online

Tuesday , 30.06.2015, 12:25
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SMS sending, mobile Making calls and surf the Internet, all this has become more favorable. And even in other EU countries, because the EU has set caps on roaming charges. Now, the mark-ups should fall

A frantic call to the counter in the head -. And then still on vacation? This should come to an end. The EU wants to abolish the so-called roaming charges for mobile phone calls, Internet surfing and sending SMS in another EU country within two years.

At least for the most part it would then pass the extra costs for consumers.

will be available from June 15, 2017 no roaming serves more

The answer is: Yes largely. Who, for example, has free quotas of telephone minutes, SMS or data, this can be used just like at home, as the EU commission explained then in other EU countries. So-called “roaming permanent” but should be excluded – while users would buy their SIM card for mobile phones in cheaper abroad, but they use at home. In order to prevent such a thing, provider may levy charges for the achievement of certain levels of calls, SMS or data. This should however be well below the current ceilings. What does that mean in detail, the EU Commission to draft.

sinking the charge units before the summer 2017?

In an intermediate step to the roaming surcharges on April 30, 2016 . fall Then may Loud Communication calls in other EU countries cost only 5 cents per minute in addition, when SMS is 2 cents and surfing every megabyte of data may suggest a maximum of 5 penny extra to book. Add to that the tax. Thus, the maximum total price

still is, according to the European Commission significantly below the current price ceilings by more than 19 cents for outgoing calls, 6 cents per SMS and 20 cents per megabyte of data plus VAT. It is also an agreement on net neutrality. What is it?

This means that Internet service providers on an equal footing with their lines send all packets, no matter where they come from or what content they have. There are for this “open Internet” no European rules, only individual EU countries have rules. But the amount of data grows and with it the risk of congestion in the network. Therefore, it was discussed whether not but some Internet users should get priority in special cases.

What has been decided about it?

No one should be allowed to buy his right of way on the internet, such as the European Commission explained. When things get tight, providers may, however, the traffic rules, but just normally regardless of content. In addition, there are ways to combat illegal content such as child pornography or against cyber attacks. So-called special services, such as telemedicine or TV on the Internet should not displace other uses and are only offered if there is sufficient capacity.

Is that all now decided definitively?

Extensively. On the night of Tuesday, negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU member states have agreed. The EU Commission, which had proposed the changes, was sitting at the table. Now both the EU Member States and the Parliament must officially confirm the agreement. Mostly this works without problems. In addition, still need to be worked out some details. For this part, the European Commission in charge.


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