Issued January 12, 2007
BT supports the aim of the proposed Regulation to reduce prices for roaming on public mobile networks within the EU. However, BT has significant concerns that the Regulation as currently drafted will disproportionately affect the smaller players in the industry, and risk stifling competition and innovation.
Appropriate robust regulation at the wholesale level should obviate the requirement for regulation at the retail level. Retail regulation should only be considered for those operators whose retail prices fail to fall to a specified average level in a given timeframe.
BT supports measures to improve tariff transparency, but the measures required by the draft Regulation are highly prescriptive, overly burdensome on smaller operators, impractical and costly to deliver. They risk creating confusion and may result in less information and choice for consumers.
BT would welcome comments on the contents of this document. Comments should be addressed by e-mail to Neena Rupani at email@example.com.