The likely compromise of about €0.45 would halve the estimated €10bn income the operators get each year from roaming fees.
The UK’s Margaret Hodge, minister of state for industry, was one of the last to approve the deal. She counselled against legislation that offered consumers a short-term gain but could simply result in mobile operators raising domestic charges to make good the lost roaming revenue.
Reportedly, Ms Hodge also argued for exemptions for operators who offer cross-border bundles such as Vodafone’s Passport, which come in at rates below any of the proposed caps. It’s likely that something like this will be included in the legislation, perhaps via an explicit opt-out from the ‘consumer protection tariff’.
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