EU to cap roaming charges

The EU is set to introduce a slew of price caps on mobile phone roaming charges this week. In plans to be unveiled on Wednesday, the European Commission will set out a programme to bring prices for domestic and international calls, data downloads and text messages to roughly the same levels as one another by 2015. Telecoms operators have lobbied hard against the changes, which will see the price cap on texts brought down to 10 cents from 11 cents and prices for voice calls brought into line with their domestic equivalent. The roaming market is already highly regulated, but the price caps are a severe blow for European telcos.