Mobile roaming data and SMS price caps: alternatives must be considered

Price capping is not the best way to cut prices and provide transparency for all consumers who send texts of download data abroad. 

Mr Kamall, Conservative MEP has written the European Parliament's internal market committee position on the proposed regulation, which rejects the approach proposed by the European Commission and proposes several alternatives to price capping for consideration. These proposals include allowing the decision to be made by the European Regulators Group - which brings together national regulators, "non-discrimination" clauses, action against individual abusive operators or markets and the establishment of an exchange for wholesale voice, SMS and data.
Mr Karim’s colleague, Mr Kamall has written a discussion paper highlighting the competitiveness of the telecommunications market. The paper argues that price capping would have severe effects on Europe's competitiveness as investment in new technologies could be reduced as existing business models changed and companies would be forced to recoup costs from lost profits.
In addition, the paper points out the importance of ensuring that domestic consumers do not lose out, being forced to pay more for their calls than roaming customers.
The Conservatives are supporting some aspects of the report including the need for greater transparency and the avoidance of bill shock - when consumers return from abroad and receive unexpected large bills. In addition, the paper stresses the importance of making the relevant information available so customers are able to access it while roaming.