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La Unión Europea ha revisado los precios máximos que permite a las operadoras cobrar por el roaming o tarifas de itinerancia. Dicha regulación prevista en el Reglamento 531/2012 del Parlamento europeo y del Consejo, de 13 de junio del 2012, relativo a la itinerancia en las redes públicas de comunicaciones móviles en la Unión, y publicada en el Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea de 30 de junio del 2012, permite desde el 01 de julio de 2013 usar internet en el móvil desde otro estado de la UE, con un precio máximo de 45 céntimos por mega (IVA no incluido); efectuar llamadas con un coste que no supere 24 céntimos por minuto, recibirlas por 7 céntimos por minuto y enviar un SMS,  por 8 céntimos.

Estas tarifas máximas son fijadas por la Unión Europea para evitar los recargos abusivos de las operadoras sobre los viajeros. Esta última revisión a la baja es significativa, sobre todo en lo que se refiere al uso de internet móvil: el precio máximo para el tráfico de datos se reduce un 36% respecto al fijado el año pasado. Desde la primera regulación en 2007, esta tarifa se ha reducido un 91%. Por su parte, el coste de llamadas y mensajes de texto ha caído hasta un 80%.

Utilizando estas cifras como tope, el reglamento establece que las operadoras tienen libertad para fijar tarifas más baratas -algunas ya han comenzado a eliminar los costes adicionales para la itinerancia de voz y de mensajes de texto- o para ofrecer una zona de itinerancia libre en una región u otra de Europa.

Hacia la eliminación definitiva del roaming

El deseo de la vicepresidenta de la Comisión Europea y comisaria de la Agenda Digital, Neelie Kroes, que ha declarado que “Las últimas reducciones de precios suponen un ahorro de dinero para el verano y son un paso decisivo hacia la eliminación definitiva de estos costes adicionales”, se han hecho realidad y según ha informado The Telegraph, la Unión Europea pondrá fin a los cargos del roaming a partir de 2014. El grupo de los 27 comisarios europeos votaron el martes 11 de junio de 2013 en Bruselas la nueva medida que entrará en vigor el 1 de julio de 2014.

La propuesta final será explicada de forma detallada en las próximas semanas. La Unión Europea espera que esto no afecte en exceso a las compañías telefónicas, después de varios años intentando que se pusiera fin a estos desmesurados costes. Argumentan que la eliminación de las tasas de roaming será beneficioso para las compañías, ya que los usuarios podrán usar el teléfono móvil de forma más libre, como si estuvieran en casa.

La reforma busca promover la consolidación de los operadores europeos de telefonía móvil, ya que la Unión piensa que hay demasiadas empresas que ofrecen el mismo servicio en los 27 países miembros. En Europa hay más de 100 operadores diferentes, mientras que en los Estados Unidos solo hay cuatro compañías. Esto es algo que la Comisión Europea quiere cambiar.

Afirman que el modelo actual no es sostenible para el panorama al que nos enfrentamos. Actualmente, Europa tiene menos cobertura 4G que África, algo que habla de la mala situación de los operadores en el Viejo Continente. La idea es buscar un mercado único con operadores más fuertes, capaces de impulsar las inversiones.

La eliminación del roaming en Europa incluye algunas medidas para no perjudicar demasiado a las operadoras, que recibían una importante fuente de ingresos por este concepto. La Comisión explicará todo con más detalle en las próximas semanas.

Fuente: Teknautas (2013). La Unión Europea obliga a las operadoras desde hoy a bajar el precio del ‘roaming’ . Noticia disponible en http://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/2013/07/01/la-union-europea-obliga-a-las-operadoras-desde-hoy-a-bajar-el-precio-del-roaming-5204/ Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2013. Fecha de acceso: 02/07/2013

Valero, Claudio (2013). La Comisión Europea aprueba el fin del roaming en 2014. Publicado en ADSLZONE y disponible en: http://www.adslzone.net/article11814-la-comision-europea-aprueba-el-fin-del-roaming-en-2014.html#.UfUP8cqLL9s.twitter Fecha de publicación: 14/06/2013. Fecha de acceso: 19/06/2013

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The European Union revised the maximum prices that operators are allowed to charge for roaming. Said control in Regulation 531/2012 of the European Parliament and Council, of June 13th, 2012, relating to roaming for public networks for mobile communication in the Union, and published in the Official Journal of the European Union of June 30th, 2012, allows, from the 1st of July 2013, the use of the internet on a mobile from another EU state, with a maximum charge of 45 cents per mega, (VAT not included); calling with a charge that cannot exceed 24 cents per minute, receiving calls for 7 cents a minute, and sending an SMS, for 8 cents.

These maximum tariffs are established by the European Union so that people who travel may avoid abusive surcharges from operators. This latest revision to lower prices is significant, above all when it comes to using the internet on a mobile: the maximum charge for data transfer is reduced to 36%, when compared to what was established last year. Since the first regulation in 2007, this tariff has been reduced by 91%. For its part, the cost of calls and messages has fallen to up to 80%.

Using these figures as limits, the regulation establishes that the operators have freedom to set cheaper tariffs (some have already started to eliminate additional costs for voice roaming and text messages) or to offer free roaming zones in certain regions in Europe.

Towards the complete elimination of roaming

The vice-president of the European Commission and the commissioner of the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, who declared that “The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all”, has achieved her aim, and according to The Telegraph, the European Union will end roaming charges from 2014. The group of 27 European commissioners voted on Tuesday June 11th, 2013 in Brussels on the new measure which will enter into force on July 1st, 2014.

The final proposal will be explained in more detail in the next few weeks. The European Union hopes that this will not overly affect telephone companies, after various years of it trying to put an end to these excessive charges. They argue that the elimination of these roaming charges will be beneficial to companies, given that users will be able to use a mobile more freely, as if they were at home.

The reform has the aim of consolidating European mobile operators, given that the Union believes that there are too many companies that offer the same service in the 27 member states. In Europe there are more than 100 different operators, while in the USA there are only four companies. It is something that the European Commission would like to change.

They state that the current model is not sustainable for the outlook we face. Currently, Europe has less 4G coverage than Africa, which is something that has happened due to the bad situation of operators in the Old Continent. The idea is to look for a single market with stronger operators, capable of promoting investment.

The elimination of roaming in Europe includes some measures so as to not harm the operators too much, as these operators have been receiving a strong source of income using this concept. The Commission will explain all in more detail in the next few weeks.

Source: Teknautas (2013). La Unión Europea obliga a las operadoras desde hoy a bajar el precio del ‘roaming’ . Article available at:http://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/2013/07/01/la-union-europea-obliga-a-las-operadoras-desde-hoy-a-bajar-el-precio-del-roaming-5204/ Publication date: 01/07/2013. Accessed on: 02/07/2013

Valero, Claudio (2013). La Comisión Europea aprueba el fin del roaming en 2014. Published on ADSLZONE available at: http://www.adslzone.net/article11814-la-comision-europea-aprueba-el-fin-del-roaming-en-2014.html#.UfUP8cqLL9s.twitter Publication date: 14/06/2013. Accessed on: 19/06/2013móviles

The European Union revised the maximum prices that operators are allowed to charge for roaming. Said control in Regulation 531/2012 of the European Parliament and Council, of June 13th, 2012, relating to roaming for public networks for mobile communication in the Union, and published in the Official Journal of the European Union of June 30th, 2012, allows, from the 1st of July 2013, the use of the internet on a mobile from another EU state, with a maximum charge of 45 cents per mega, (VAT not included); calling with a charge that cannot exceed 24 cents per minute, receiving calls for 7 cents a minute, and sending an SMS, for 8 cents.

These maximum tariffs are established by the European Union so that people who travel may avoid abusive surcharges from operators. This latest revision to lower prices is significant, above all when it comes to using the internet on a mobile: the maximum charge for data transfer is reduced to 36%, when compared to what was established last year. Since the first regulation in 2007, this tariff has been reduced by 91%. For its part, the cost of calls and messages has fallen to up to 80%.

Using these figures as limits, the regulation establishes that the operators have freedom to set cheaper tariffs (some have already started to eliminate additional costs for voice roaming and text messages) or to offer free roaming zones in certain regions in Europe.

Towards the complete elimination of roaming

The vice-president of the European Commission and the commissioner of the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, who declared that “The latest price cuts put more money in your pocket for summer, and are a critical step towards getting rid of these premiums once and for all”, has achieved her aim, and according to The Telegraph, the European Union will end roaming charges from 2014. The group of 27 European commissioners voted on Tuesday June 11th, 2013 in Brussels on the new measure which will enter into force on July 1st, 2014.

The final proposal will be explained in more detail in the next few weeks. The European Union hopes that this will not overly affect telephone companies, after various years of it trying to put an end to these excessive charges. They argue that the elimination of these roaming charges will be beneficial to companies, given that users will be able to use a mobile more freely, as if they were at home.

The reform has the aim of consolidating European mobile operators, given that the Union believes that there are too many companies that offer the same service in the 27 member states. In Europe there are more than 100 different operators, while in the USA there are only four companies. It is something that the European Commission would like to change.

They state that the current model is not sustainable for the outlook we face. Currently, Europe has less 4G coverage than Africa, which is something that has happened due to the bad situation of operators in the Old Continent. The idea is to look for a single market with stronger operators, capable of promoting investment.

The elimination of roaming in Europe includes some measures so as to not harm the operators too much, as these operators have been receiving a strong source of income using this concept. The Commission will explain all in more detail in the next few weeks.

Source: Teknautas (2013). La Unión Europea obliga a las operadoras desde hoy a bajar el precio del ‘roaming’ . Article available at:http://www.elconfidencial.com/tecnologia/2013/07/01/la-union-europea-obliga-a-las-operadoras-desde-hoy-a-bajar-el-precio-del-roaming-5204/ Publication date: 01/07/2013. Accessed on: 02/07/2013

Valero, Claudio (2013). La Comisión Europea aprueba el fin del roaming en 2014. Published on ADSLZONE available at: http://www.adslzone.net/article11814-la-comision-europea-aprueba-el-fin-del-roaming-en-2014.html#.UfUP8cqLL9s.twitter Publication date: 14/06/2013. Accessed on: 19/06/2013