Irelands fastest growing mobile network 3, strongly welcomes today’s decision by European Commission, Council and Parliament to cut the cost of using mobile phones while abroad from July, but stresses that more work needs to be done to allow mobile internet to flourish across Europe.

Communications Director at 3, Rachel Channing stated ‘If agreed next month this could be the fastest ever piece of legislation to pass through the European Union and shows the urgent action needed to be taken to stop the bill shock for consumers. However data roaming continues to suffer from a clear lack of competitive pressure due to the activity of the incumbent operators. Greatly assisting business and personal communications, low cost data roaming can play a vital role in the EU.’

Commenting further, Communications Director at 3, Rachel Channing stated ‘In Ireland 3 has seen mobile internet use growing at a phenomenal rate, but charging consumers exorbitant rates for simply crossing a border will prevent a pan-European market in data from taking off in the same way it has at national level. 3 believes a wholesale cap of €0.25/ MB, as 3 has already agreed with several operators across Europe, is a level that would allow European consumers to use the internet on their mobiles the way they want to, at prices they can afford.’