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About this event
The 2007 EU Roaming Regulation introduced wholesale and retail price caps for roaming charges and included measures to increase transparency. In 2009, the European Commission amended the regulation to lower the prices of voice, text messages and data services further, amongst other things, introducing a new monthly limit of €50 for data roaming system designed to prevent so-called 'bill shocks'. Despite these actions, the retail prices have not declined nearly as rapidly as the regulated wholesale price, and have tended to cluster around the maximum price caps, leading to the Commission suggesting that the market is not yet strong enough to provide the best choice and even better prices to consumers.
With this in mind, and in line with its target of cutting the difference between roaming and national tariffs to zero by 2015, the Commission is now considering further regulatory measures in order to attempt to create a competitive Single Market for roaming services. Telecommunications companies, however, are warning that excessive regulation could make large-scale investments less likely and impact negatively on future competition and innovation. What therefore is the best way forward, and where does the regulatory balance lie?
Regulating Mobile Roaming Charges – A One Day Policy Forum will take place against the backdrop of the recent Commission consultation on the roaming regulation, and will gather key policy makers, representatives of the telecoms industry, and other stakeholders for a full and frank discussion on the best way forward in creating a functional internal market for mobile roaming services. Consideration will be given to the various options and models that are available for regulatory intervention, and new services and business models that may emerge.
This event will include panel sessions focusing on the following issues:
- Is regulatory intervention necessary to help create a well functioning internal market for roaming services?
- What impact would regulatory intervention have longer term on competition and innovation?
- Communications without borders – New services and business models for the next generation of Europe-wide communication
For further information on this event, including details of the various sponsorship and speaking opportunities available, please contact Dan Craft on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 2920 783 021.