Roaming charges are outdated according to EE
The chief exec at EE is irritated by roaming charges and thinks the whole thing is "completely outdated" and that the EU is wrong to have them, meaning that Europe is falling behind everyone else, technologically speaking.
Olaf Swantee wants to get rid of charges for incoming calls in other EU countries by July this year and abolish all roaming charges by 2016.
"I believe that the enormous focus on just roaming charges is wrong. It is completely outdated. Clearly the industry, and I count myself in that, has had big issues in this space in the past, but nowadays it is much, much better,” Swantee said.
"The European authorities should be more concerned about the fact that Europe used to lead mobile telecommunications in terms of networks and new technologies, but now they are trailing Asia and the US. That has an impact on jobs and innovation, which is very important."
You may have noticed how far behind we all are with the 4G rollout. In North American, upward of 25% of devices are on the 4G network. In Europe, it is as little as 2%. In the UK, EE’s 4G network was described as "poor, but fast" according to independent research. Altogether, it is a poor show seeing as Europe was ahead of the game when it came to 3G.