The abolition of roaming charges in the European Union should in principle end in June 2022. Brussels proposes to extend it for ten years and wants consumers to benefit from the same quality and the same connection speed abroad. than at home.
Good news, the European Commission wants to extend the abolition of roaming charges. Introduced in 2017, this measure which allows European citizens to call from any country in the EU at no extra cost should in principle end in June 2022. However, the Commission presented this week a new regulation to extend it. until 2032. The abolition of roaming charges has, it is true, been useful to many European citizens: more than 170 million have benefited from it and data consumption has skyrocketed.
Brussels also wants consumers to be able to “Benefit from the same quality and the same connection speed to their mobile network abroad as at home, when equivalent networks are available”. There is obviously work ahead. According to the latest Eurobarometer, 28% of those questioned who have traveled within the EU have not been able to connect to the same generation of mobile network (3G, 4G, etc.) as at home. And 33% believe they have had lower speeds than in their country of origin.
It remains to be seen how the negotiations between the EU and the operators will unfold. The extension of the abolition of roaming charges in the European Union is likely to encounter resistance from the latter because the revenues they derive from roaming outside the EU have, for their part, dropped drastically with the severe travel restrictions that the health crisis has resulted.