The European Commission will bring down wholesale rates for telcos and introduce a fair use policy as part of its plans to abolish roaming charges.
As announced last week, customers will be charged the same price for calls, texts and mobile data wherever they are in the EU from June 2017.
But the Commission has, in the words of Andrus Ansip, Vice President for the Digital Single Market, “taken a little more time to polish some technical details”.
In order to prevent “abusive use” of roaming, it will define a limit for fair use by 15 December this year.
Under the policy, users who use roaming services for purposes other than “periodic” travel may be subject to a small fee.
The Commission said current wholesale rates would also be reviewed as roaming fees are axed.
Starting from April next year, users will only have to pay a maximum surcharge of €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for SMS messages and up to €0.05 per megabyte of mobile data when using their mobile device abroad.
These rates correspond to current maximum wholesale rates, the Commission explained.
However, in order to make the end of roaming charges sustainable throughout Europe, the Commission said these will need to be brought down.
As such, it will review the wholesale roaming market and propose a law by June 2016.
Safeguards will also be introduced to address the recovery of costs by operators.
In a blog post published on Wednesday, Ansip said: “This is not only about people saving money. It is also about removing barriers in Europe that prevent us from making our single market truly digital.”
Ansip also said there was a need to address the vital issue of spectrum coordination in the EU.
“This is the oxygen for the internet, the basis for a digitally enabled society. The more divided it is, the less efficient,” he wrote.