First “caps” on international data roaming

The European commission is now introducing the first caps on roaming charges for mobile data. Effective from July 1st, the commissions extends its prior limitations on the subscriber cost for roaming from voice service to SMS and data traffic. Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes (left) thinks that the Commission has “created a roaming market for the smart phone generation”. Looking at the tarrif caps leaves you not that impressed, though:  70 cents per Mbyte is still quite far from the (almost) flatrate plans in the 30 Euro/month or less range that most Northern European subscribers enjoy. However, this is just the first step – in 2014 rates for roaming data users are to be dropped to 20 cents per Mbyte. A small step for mankind … but in the rigth direction!

Read the Cellular News article for all the details

About Jens Zander

Professor Jens Zander is professor in Radio Communication Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been among the few in Swedens Ny Teknik magazine's annual list of influential people in ICT that have been given the epithet “Mobile Guru”. He is one of the leading researchers in mobile communication and is the Scientific director of the industry/academia collaboration center Wireless@KTH. His research group focuses on three main areas – the efficient and scalable use of the radio frequency spectrum, economic aspects of mobile systems and application and energy efficiency in future wireless infrastructures.
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