Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Europe - Commissioner Kroes complains of lack of progress towards a single market in telecommunications

[bbc] Businesses and consumers across the EU are plagued by high prices because of inconsistent application of EU telecoms rules, the European Commission says.

Mobile phone call charges range from 0.04 euro per minute in Latvia to 0.24 in Malta, a Commission report says.

Big price differences are hampering efforts to create a single market in EU telecoms.

There was zero growth in EU telecoms in 2009, while the overall EU economy saw a 4.2% decline.

The EU's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes said "rapid growth of mobile broadband and more affordable internet access are good news for consumers in these tough economic times".

"Yet the limited progress towards a true single market is disappointing. Member states need to do more to ensure telecoms rules are properly implemented."

EU says telecoms market 'too fragmented'

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