London: Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, GSMA, offered the following statement on roaming regulation in response to Commissioner Kroes’ address to the European Parliament on Thursday, 30 May:

“Last week, the GSMA issued a major report in association with Navigant Economics that highlighted that Europe’s mobile market has fallen significantly behind that of the United States. If not addressed, the stalling of mobile investment and innovation in Europe will be a major roadblock to economic recovery.

“The GSMA encourages the Commissioner to keep her focus on the big picture and to make bold and long-term recommendations. In this regard, it is unfortunate that the Commissioner should have used her recent platform with parliament to talk about roaming. Roaming has seen three successive waves of regulation, with Europe’s regulators and mobile companies intensively implementing the latest requirements. The Commissioner should immediately clarify her intentions with regard to roaming, to avoid the industry investing in a roaming solution that has been superseded before it is launched.”


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The press release is available at and the full report, “Mobile Wireless Performance in the EU and U.S.” is available at

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