Tag Archives: Digital Single Market

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

Roaming factsheet detail
Factsheet detail © European Commission

As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

West Highlands project wins a 2016 European Broadband Award

The European Commission has recognised five of the best broadband projects in Europe in the European Broadband Awards.

Broadband Europe promotes the European Commission’s vision to turn Europe into a Gigabit Society by 2025.

The UK RemIX project to bring high speed internet to rural areas on the West Coast of Scotland won the prize in the ‘Future-proof and quality of service’ category.  The other winning projects were from Italy, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland.

Hear more about RemIX in this short video clip.

Phasing-out roaming charges within EU

no roaming
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Mobile roaming charges in the EU are set to end completely by mid-June 2017, and as of 30th April this year rates will be capped at a reduced rate as part of the phase-out process.

Commission Vice-President Ansip had this to say:

We’re in the home stretch now before the end of roaming charges in 2017. This is not only about Europeans saving money, this is about bringing down barriers in the Digital Single Market.

For details of the changes, you can read more in this section of Europa (example costs are in Euros). Read about the Digital Single Market here.

 

Plans for a Digital Single Market officially announced

digsingmarkIn a press announcement on May 6th The European Commission announced its plans for a Digital Single Market in Europe with actions to be brought by the end of the year. The initiatives fall into three strands:

  • “better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe;
  • creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish
  • maximising the growth potential of the digital economy”

Have a look at the announcement video: The full press release is available at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4919_en.htm and further information is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/index_en.htm

The EU edition of online news site Politico has produced a ‘user’s guide’ on the subject. Have a look here.