In June 15 2017 the full ban of mobile roaming charges in EU will come into effect. This is a most welcome progress for us citizen, not only to be able to use our connectivity and services we are used to but also a very important step for our own personal security.
In 2013 the Commission proposed to establish a single market for electronic communications within the Union and to abolish roaming charges. The proposal was approved by the European Parliament on 3 April 2014, by a margin of 534 votes to 25. As drafted it would have ended roaming charges from 15 December 2015 but was rejected due to the specifics of the proposal.
“Roaming fees would have already been abolished in December 2015”
This was later adjusted in (EU) 2015/2120 to introduce phased reduction of roaming charges instead within the European Union. Setting one cap in April 2016 and June 2017 as the end date for any surcharge of mobile roaming in EU.
This will not only have a big positive push for telematics or the-so-always-hyped #IoT (internet of things) opening up a single market for connectivity throughout the whole Europe, but also for us as a company that relies on data communication to provide with crucial information in an emergency situation.
“Eliminate one source of failure could make a world of difference”
Why is this important?
Abolishing of roaming charges in EU means that more people will stay connected to Internet during their traveling within EU and therefore have access to our service in case of emergency. Having both voice and data available on smartphones opens up for vital information to be transferred to the first responders. Providing more information could lead to a better use of resources and faster decision process that in the end might save lives.
We are constantly trying to improve our platform, but sometimes things are out of our hands and we are really grateful that rules and regulations finally sees the importance of the connected EU citizen.
We are eagerly looking forward to next summer when there is no need to buy an extra SIM card for each country we are visiting to stay connected.
We (CARL) are still new in this industry and by no means are expert in this field, but we do have a long background in IT, telecom and service design the past 20 years and we have made some observations regarding public safety as we have launched our service CARL SML™ one year ago in March 2016.Read more
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In June 15 2017 the full ban of mobile roaming charges in EU will come into effect. This is a most welcome progress for us citizen, not only to be able to use our connectivity and services we are used to but also a very important step for our own personal security.Read more