MOBILE TELEPHONY : FRANCO-BRITISH ROAMING PROPOSAL STIRS INTEREST.

The debate on roaming became even more complicated during the Telecommunications Council on 11 December. While the ultimate aim - to reduce the price of calls made and received while abroad - is widely supported, member states have serious reservations about the proposed method of achieving this. The main controversy is about the retail prices billed to the customers and has resulted in two initiatives, in addition to the Commission's initial proposal being tabled.

The first proposal is Franco-British. A large number of member states have reacted positively to the three points contained in this proposal. According to one expert this includes the addition of the so-called sunrise clause,' which will allow the EU, six months after the entry into force of the regulation,ato impose retail tariff regulations on those operators which have still...

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