Roaming bill to be published next week
The European Commission (EC) is expected to endorse the proposals next week. They will require a vote by the European Parliament to be enacted.
Operators have complained that the measure will cost them seven billion euros a year and affect their ability to invest in infrastructure.
However, Neelie Kroes, vice president of a the EC, who is the prime mover in the effort to abolish roaming charges, points to the $130bn buyout of Vodafone’s share in Verizon as an indication of how lucrative the wireless industry is.
Kroes’ office states: “We are committed to putting in place a method that pushes roaming out of the market.”