European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said new roaming regulation would be published next week, despite claiming that there was nothing technically wrong with the previous draft.
Last week, Brussels was forced to row back on proposals to allow customers to roam without charge for at least 90 days per year.
Telcos reacted furiously to the cap, with the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association saying that the 90-day threshold went “well beyond” the definition of fair usage.
According to Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market, and Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Europeans travel for 12 days per year on average.
Delivering his State of the Union address on Wednesday, Juncker said he had withdrawn the draft that “a well-meaning official designed over the summer”.
He added: “The draft was not technically wrong. But it missed the point of what was promised.
“And you will see a new, better draft as of next week. When you roam, it should be like at home.”
Roaming rates have been coming down repeatedly over the past few years and are set to disappear completely by June next year.
Juncker reiterated that this timeline would be met.
He said: “The Commission, the Parliament and the Council have jointly decided to abolish mobile roaming charges. This is a promise we will deliver.”
Junker also promised to equip the centre of every European village and city with free wireless internet by 2020, and deploy 5G by 2025.