Mobile phone companies move to avoid price caps

11 February 2008 / by None
Europe's leading mobile phone companies are attempting to avoid price caps being placed on fees for web surfing and overseas text messaging.

There is to be an industry conference in Barcelona as leading companies such as Vodafone, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom are widely expected to cut data "roaming" fees in the EU, reports the Financial times.

Viviane Reding, European Union telecoms commissioner, will meet with the companies, having already pushed through a law which instructed the mobile phone industry to substantially reduce the cost of calls made by Europeans in other EU countries, the report continues.

Commenting on the call for applications such as web surfing abroad to be reduced in price, Ed Richards, Ofcom's chief executive, said: "However you look at this, it is extremely expensive. It could cost tens of pounds to download a single PowerPoint presentation."

Strong competition means that operators are gaining less revenue for phone calls so hoping that services such as web surfing can curb their losses, according to the report.

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.

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