In a landmark
vote today the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
committee approved the European Commission's proposal to reduce international
wholesale mobile roaming charges by 70 percent. However, users will have to wait
until mid-May, when the plenary votes on the proposal, before the European
Parliament’s final view is known.
committee vote has set a cap of €0.40 per minute on calls made abroad and a cap
of €0.15 for receiving them. This is contrary to an earlier vote by the
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, which called for €0.50 and
€0.25 per minute caps respectively.
for the GSMA, a global trade association representing more than 700 GSM mobile
phone operators, said, “We're very disappointed with this. (source).
I bet they are.