EU mobile data roaming
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The Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB is anomalous and will distort competition in North-Eastern mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive
2016
roaming
networkeconomics
Finland
Poland
Denmark
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Germany
Spain

October 2016
UPDATED with DG Competition's response to Rewheel's concerns. How low should the wholesale data roaming cap be in 2017 to avoid the distortion of competition in North-Eastern domestic mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive?

The root cause of the controversies behind the European Commission proposed Roam Like At Home (RLAH) rules is the divergence of the domestic mobile data prices and data caps and in turn the huge differences in demand and usage.

European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip framed the issue on the Financial Times - ETNO Summit (Brussels, 27 September 2016), citing Digital Fuel Monitor:



DFMonitor's comprehensive database of EU 4G smartphone and data-only tariff plans sold by mobile network operators, their sub brands, as well as MVNOs, allows us to simulate various aspects of the planned new European Union "roam like at home" (RLAH) rules on data roaming and the proposed wholesale rate cap of €8.5 per gigabyte. Below we present some of the interesting charts based on the prices and data allowances we registered in September 2016.

If European consumers were to use, while roaming in the EU, just 60% of their domestic gigabyte volume allowance the wholesale data roaming cost (assuming €8.5/GB) will exceed half of the domestic monthly retail tariff fee in over 78% of the 593 smartphone and in over 95% of the 440 mobile broadband (data-only) plans.

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Source: DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet, 2H2016. The spreadsheet includes 1,775 4G LTE smartphone (with at least 1,000 minutes and SMSs) and data-only tariffs of 135 operators and 57 MVNOs. Tariffs may have tethering or mobility restrictions. The DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet allows the analysis of any gigabyte or price baskets. It includes median fully allocated and weighted average incremental gigabyte prices per country and per operator as well all zero-rated or differential priced applications per country and per operator.
For clients: full release report

The metrics publicly peresented on DFMonitor are only a subset of all EU and OECD mobile data competitiveness and spectrum metrics and insights that our consultants have collected, crunched and analysed. Our analysis of the EU data roaming situation and controversies is available for clients in the 2H 2016 DFMonitor-PRO release report.

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Insights and external articles citing DFMonitor about EU data roaming
The Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB is anomalous and will distort competition in North-Eastern mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive
2016
roaming
networkeconomics
Finland
Poland
Denmark
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Germany
Spain

October 2016
UPDATED with DG Competition's response to Rewheel's concerns. How low should the wholesale data roaming cap be in 2017 to avoid the distortion of competition in North-Eastern domestic mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive?


Finnish-like unlimited mobile data model now proliferating in Europe
2016
Finland
Germany
Hungary
Elisa
Vodafone
DNA
mobile-first
spectrum
roaming
pricing
networkeconomics

[External post, Linkedin]
October 2016
Efficient use of radio spectrum resources: Elisa Finland is the world's most efficient operator in turning MHz-s into gigabytes. Elisa in Finland pumps 26 times as much gigabyte per MHz per population as Vodafone in Germany. Unlimited mobile data model spreading in Europe, increasing North-South tentions in the EU mobile data roam like at home debate.

The EC proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB is much higher than domestic retail prices across most EU states
2016
roaming
pricing

June 2016
The Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB appears to be carefully calibrated to protect the very high domestic retail prices charged by operators in tight oligopoly markets (e.g. Germany, Spain) while penalizing operators with competitive much lower domestic retail prices (e.g. Finland, Denmark, Poland)

How much do EU consumers pay to use a Gigabyte of mobile internet on their smartphone while roaming in EU28?
2014
roaming
pricing

December 2014
Analysis of smartphone mobile internet access roaming prices in EU28 in Q4 2014

A critical look into the uncertain future of open mobile internet access in Europe
2014
zero-rating
roaming
Finland

May 2014
This report has been commissioned by Viestintävirasto, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority.


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