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EU Telecoms Policy

Latest news about the European Union's policy on telecommunications.

Mobile roaming surcharges in EU to end by summer
The last hurdle on the way to ending retail 'roaming' surcharges, scheduled for 15 June 2017, was cleared Thursday as the European Parliament voted for the abolition of wholesale price caps.

After-sales calls should not be excessive: EU Court
The cost of making a call to an after-sales telephone number must not exceed the cost of a standard call, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

Agreement on roaming wholesale caps detrimental to competition and end-users
Yesterday evening, an agreement was reached between EU lawmakers and Member States on the level of caps for the wholesale roaming charges mobile network operators pay each other when their customers call, send texts or use their data in another EU member State.

End to mobile roaming charges in sight as EU agrees price caps
The EU institutions agreed Tuesday evening on price caps for wholesale mobile roaming markets - the prices operators charge each other when customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.

5G mobile internet a step closer with 700 MHz deal
EU Member States will make the 700 MHz band available for wireless broadband by 2020, enabling a shift to 5G mobile internet, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed informally on Wednesday evening.

End of EU roaming charges in 2017
You will not have roaming charges when travelling to another EU country from 15 June 2017. Every existing or new contract that includes roaming services will change to "roam like at home" contract. New EU rules will cover data services, voice calls and SMS.

Europe's Galileo satnav system goes live
Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo goes live for public authorities and businesses on Thursday, with the promise of accurate, fast and more reliable positioning for end users.

Find a Galileo-enabled device to use - UseGalileo.eu
Galileo is Europe's Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), providing users with improved positioning and timing information. With the declaration of Initial Services, Galileo is moving from a global satellite navigation system (GNSS) in testing, to a live, operational service. For the first time, European satellites are providing users with global positioning, navigation and timing information. In the lead up to Galileo Initial Services, many forward-looking companies have created Galileo-enabled receivers, chipsets and modules – many of which are already available on the market. This tool helps you keep track of Galileo-enabled devices serving a variety of needs as they become available.

WIFI4EU - Free Wi-Fi for Europeans
The WiFi4EU initiative supports the installation of free public Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities across the EU: in public squares, town halls, parks, libraries, and other public spaces.

WIFI4EU - Free Wi-Fi for Europeans
The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres and museums in municipalities throughout Europe.

End of roaming charges in 2017: Q&A on fair use policy and other preparatory measures
The European Commission discussed on 21 September a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.

New EU roaming plan drops time limits
The European Commission agreed at its weekly meeting Wednesday to make a number of changes to the EU plan to end mobile phone roaming charges in 2017 in order to "avoid abuses".

EU should focus on boosting competition in telecom sector overhaul
The European Commission has today proposed to adapt EU telecom rules and ensure citizens have high-speed access to the internet and better protection in communication services. The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) welcomes these measures but is worried that the new rules could lead to less competition between telecom providers.

Vodafone welcomes EU Commission's revision of EU telecoms framework
Vodafone welcomes the review of the EU telecoms framework resulting in today’s proposal for a new European Electronic Communications Code and the Commission’s Communication on its vision for the European Gigabit Society.

BEUC and MEPs call for end to high international phone and SMS costs in EU
The European Consumer Organisation and Members of the European Parliament from across political ailes today called on the European Commission to bring down unjustifiably high costs for calling or texting another EU country.

UK broadband scheme complies with EU state aid rules
The UK's National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020, which aims to connect homes and businesses throughout the UK to high speed broadband. complies with EU state aid rules, the EU said Thursday.

EU blocks Hutchison acquisition of O2 in the UK
The European Commission blocked the proposed acquisition of O2 by Hutchison under the EU Merger Regulation Wednesday. It says the merger would have led to less choice and higher prices for UK mobile customers.

EU roaming charges come down before their end in 2017
Texting or surfing online from another EU Member State (roaming) became cheaper Saturday as new rules on roaming and net neutrality entered into force.

Commission plans to digitise Europe's industry
The European Commission set out plans Tuesday to help European industry make the most of new digital technologies and to boost investment in the sector.

5G and the EU
The 'fifth generation' of telecommunications systems, or 5G, will be the most critical building block of our "digital society" in the next decade. Europe has taken significant steps to lead global developments towards this strategic technology.

Proposal to boost mobile internet services with high-quality radio frequencies
The European Commission presented on 2 February a proposal to coordinate the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile services. It will improve internet access for all Europeans and help develop cross-border applications.

EU reaches unambitious deal on Roaming charges and Net Neutrality
Negotiations between the European Parliament and Council on a Telecoms Single Market regulation concluded today, setting a deadline to abolish roaming charges and making a start on an EU-wide Net Neutrality principle (i.e. treating internet data equally and banning the blocking of internet services).

Deal for cheaper mobile calls and open internet
An informal deal to ban 'roaming fees, or surcharges for making mobile phone calls, sending text messages or using the internet while abroad in another EU Member State from 15 June 2017, was struck by MEPs and EU ministers in the small hours of Tuesday morning. MEPs also inserted guarantees that all internet traffic is treated equally, without discrimination.

EU investigation against Google in relation to Android mobile operating system
The European Commission has opened formal proceedings against Google to investigate in-depth if the company’s conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules.

Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme
Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, has placed two more satellites into orbit. The lift-off took place on 27 March at 22.46 CET from the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana.Signals confirm that they were positioned as expected.