Smartphone internet usage jumps in EU with Roam Like Home rules - AMS-IX

Wednesday 2 August 2017 | 12:53 CET | News
Smartphone internet usage within the European Union (EU) has risen explosively this summer, according to data from the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), as reported by NOS. The summer has so far seen use going 2.5-fold higher than in the same period last year. 

The jump has been attributed to Roam Like Home regulation in effect since 15 June. People in the 28 EU Member States, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (member of the European Economic Area) can now call, SMS and use mobile internet in any of these countries, paying home market rates.

T-Mobile did not want to draw any conclusions to NOS, but the provider noted that more mobile videos are now being watched abroad. The new rules are bringing in higher costs for carriers, which, according to KPN, run at EUR 40-50 million. There will be no price increase for consumers, not even at T-Mobile. At Vodafone, the additional costs involved in international data traffic have already been included in the prices

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