EU Telecoms deal: Fees on calls across the EU capped and 5G network by 2020

Telecommunications 2018

© European Union , 2017 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.

EU citizens will have access to a 5G network by 2020 and see the costs of their international calls capped, thanks to a provisional deal reached on Tuesday night.

  • An end to expensive international calls
  • New measures to protect smartphone users, including refunds
  • An obligatory alert system for emergencies (“reverse 112”)
  • 5G network deployed across the EU to make new applications possible
  • Connectivity together with competition at the heart of the regulatory framework

Parliament and Council (EU co-legislators) provisionally agreed on a reform of EU telecom rules that aims to boost the investments needed to make 5G connectivity available for all EU citizens by 2020, enhance protection of users and introduce a cap on disproportionate fees on calls between EU countries.

Cost of long-distance calls 

According to the provisional deal, the fees for intra-EU calls are capped to 19 cents for phone calls and 6 cents for text messages.

Advanced connectivity through high capacity networks

The co-investment model introduced by the provisional agreement aims to create a more predictable investment environment. It encourages existing civil engineering infrastructure to be used, wherever possible, as well as agreements between operators, where these have a positive effect on competition. 

More protection for users of smartphones

Telecom providers should use encryption to prevent and minimise the impact of security incidents on users.

Among the provisions enhancing users’ rights, the draft deal calls for providers to notify consumers to help them better monitor the use of time or volume billed.

Contracts, equipped with a concise and easily readable contract summary, should contain information on:

  • the right to a refund upon request, for consumers using pre-paid services, of any remaining credit if switching operator,
  • any charges due to early termination of the contract,
  • any compensation and refund arrangements which apply if contracted service does not meet quality levels or if the provider responds inadequately to a security incident, threat or vulnerability.

The user should retain the right to transfer a number to another provider for a minimum of one month after the date on which the contract ends, unless the user explicitly gives up that right.

Other provisions call for access to contractual information and emergency services to be guaranteed for users with disabilities.

Reverse 112 to alert in the event of a terrorist attack

A “reverse 112 system”, introduced by MEPs, will ensure citizens are alerted by SMS in the event of imminent major emergencies and disasters, such as a terrorist attack or a natural catastrophe. It will be possible to send alerts by mobile apps too, and geo-localisation tools will be used for more accurate caller location. Member States will have 18 months to implement it, after transposition.

5G in the EU by 2020

This provisional agreement also lays the groundwork for 5G to be deployed across Europe, on which an increasing number of sectors and new wireless communications technologies rely. This will make the use of many applications possible, from connected vehicles to smart cities and e-healthcare.

The agreement includes the provisions already agreed in March on the availability of radio spectrum for 5G by 2020 in the EU, namely:

  • 20 years investment predictability for spectrum licences,
  • timely release of spectrum,
  • regulators can intervene more easily,
  • predictability for all market players
  • enhanced coordination and peer review of planned radio spectrum assignment procedures.

BEREC – key role in implementing the updated telecom legislation

The provisional deal gives the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) a role to increase consistency in the implementation of electronic communications legislation across the EU.

Quotes

 Pilar del Castillo Vera (EPP, ES), ITRE rapporteur on the Telecom Code, said: “While safeguarding competition, Parliament’s position on the Code aims to a more predictable investment environment. Together with the guarantee of a faster time to market of spectrum resources, this provision will simplify regulatory intervention and ensure greater consistency and predictability in spectrum assignment – crucial for Europe to respond to the challenges raised by the development of 5G communications.”

Dita Charanzová(ALDE, CZ), rapporteur for IMCO opinion on the Telecom Code, said: “Cheaper phone calls are a victory for all EU citizens. I hope to this a first step towards an EU where domestic and international calls will cost the same. The Reverse 112 system ensures a safer Europe. Our citizens need to get clear, correct and quick information in crises. The Parliament achieved many other measures for consumers, from compensation if something goes wrong when switching providers to greater protections for persons with disabilities, to guaranteed access to affordable internet for all.”

Next steps

Once the Parliament and the Council approve this provisional deal, Member States will have two years to transpose the Electronic Communications Code into national law.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Diana in Vietnam

Did young people just kill television?

Why exchange programs are essential for the medical students of the 21st century

Qualcomm to be the next target of EU antitrust regulators? China might be the answer

The gender gap of medicine in 2018

Movius @ MWC14: Discussing novel Communications Applications over a “CAFÉ”

Why impoverishment and social exclusion grow in the EU; the affluent north also suffers

The West cannot ignore Russia; dazed Germany sitting on the fence

The energy industry is changing. Are governments switched on?

Draghi cuts the Gordian knot of the Banking Union

Building cybersecurity capacity through benchmarking: the Global Cybersecurity Index

Brexit: The Conservative Party drives the UK and Europe to a perilous road

To end deforestation, we must protect community land rights

Consumers suffer three defeats

EU and Amazon cut deal to end antitrust investigation over e-books deals

American negotiators can’t pay for their trip to Brussels, EU-US trade agreement freezes

Professional practices of primary health care for Brazilian health and gender inequality

EU security and defence industry prepares positions for ‘producers’ and ‘customers’

EU Commission retracts on the Chinese solar panel case

UN humanitarian coordinator condemns Central African Republic hospital attack as ‘inhuman and unworthy’

The Ukrainian crisis to destabilize Europe and the world for a long time

AIESEC @ European Business Summit 2014: European Youth, Change Now Patiently

Eurozone: Retail sales betray economic frailty

Theresa May in search of a magic plan to invoke Article 50 and start Brexit negotiations now

My Mothers

EU continues targeting on Chinese steel imports instead of the revival of its own economy

Is Eurozone heading for disinflation?

Around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050, projects new UN report

Counting unemployment in the EU: The real rate comes to anything between 16.1% and 20.6%

Is there a way out of the next financial crisis? Can more printed money or austerity save us all?

The key takeaways of G7 Summit in Canada

Does the West play the Syrian game in Egypt?

“Will TTIP solve the massive EU-US unemployment? Absolutely not!” A revealing Sting Exclusive with Tim Bennett from the Transatlantic Business Council

Is a full course lunch, a new Commissioner and 2 million anti-TTIP citizens what you would call a “Fresh Start”?

€5 billion of EU energy efficiency project money spent on “comfort”

Eurozone economy desperately needs internally driven growth

Commission facilitates the activities of ‘merchants of labour’

The banks first to benefit from the new euro trillion ECB plans to print

What fighting malaria can teach us about linking purpose and business

Google and Apple suddenly realise that doing business in EU is tough?

Vendor Pulse – 2000

The European Parliament fails to really restrict the rating agencies

A Sting Exclusive: EU Commission’s Vice President Šefčovič accentuates the importance of innovation to EU’s Energy Union

New skills needed for medical students in Industry 4.0

Trump’s pounding of Iran less harsh than expected, leaves arrangement open

FIAT Chrysler: from Geneva Motor show to the World, and back

Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

Will Cameron succeed in keeping UK inside the EU and reverse the present economic downturn?

Greece: The new government of Alexis Tsipras shows its colors

Politics still matter in the US but not in Europe

Yellen and Draghi tell Trump and markets not to expedite the next crisis

GSMA announces new keynote speakers for 2018 Mobile World Congress

Ecofin: ‘The Friday battle’ for the banking union

Commission caps charges on card and Internet payments and enforces competition

China and UK relations post Brexit as EU addresses Chinese takeovers

Eurostat overturns Commission’s assessment of the economy

China’s New Normal and Its Relevance to the EU

Trump systematically upsets global order and trade: Where does this end?

Eurozone and Britain heading in different directions

Is the ECB enforcing the will of the big Eurozone member states on the small? Can the euro area live with that?

More Stings?

Trackbacks

  1. […] This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU citizens will have access to a 5G network by 2020 and see the costs of their international calls capped, thanks to a provisional deal reached on Tuesday night. An end to … ( read original story …) […]

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s