EU member states ponder abolishing roaming fees by the end of 2018

cep expert Philipp Eckhardt argues that an end to roaming surcharges would be arbitrary and uneconomic

EU member states are currently debating a proposal by the Latvian EU presidency of abolishing mobile phone roaming charges by December 2018, German daily Die Welt reported. The EU Parliament, however, insists on dropping roaming fees already next year. cep expert Philipp Eckhardt, however, argues that the aim for achieving the same retail prices for roaming and domestic services is arbitrary. “Mobile network operators can only achieve price equality between domestic and roaming services at the retail level if they cross-subsidise domestic and roaming services,” Eckhardt explains. “This is uneconomic because prices will no longer correspond to the costs.”