Mobile Networks Plan Single Europe-Wide Mega-Network

By Gary Cutlack on at

Roaming fees, capped rates and awkward daily allowances might soon be a thing of the past for European travelers, thanks to plans by four of the biggest EU telecom companies to launch one massive Europe-wide super-network.

According to the FT, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Telecom Italia and O2-owner Telefonica have been talking to the EU competition bosses about their plans, asking about the likelihood of being allowed to create an enormous network with the potential to steamroller the rest out of existence.

Sources quoted by the FT claim that the EU itself doesn't have a problem with the plan to end the massive fragmentation of the mobile market, but there are likely to be big complaints from individual regulators within the EU's member states, who would quite rightly be terrified by the prospect of this enormous new network and the power it would wield. [FT via TNW]

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