The European Commission has just published a new green paper seeking views about the obstacles that are stopping further integration of the card, internet and mobile payments market.
Telecoms ministers have called on the EC and pan-European group Body for European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) to monitor mobile operators to ensure that their traffic management policies do not compromise the principle of net neutrality.
Europe risks a fragmented mobile payments market unless it improves areas such as interoperability, security and collaboration between leading players according to an internal European Commission document obtained by Bloomberg.
The EC today presented a wide-ranging plan which would significantly change the business of providing roaming services to customers. Under the terms proposed, customers would be able to sign-up for a cheaper roaming tariff, separate from their national service contract, while using the same number. Operators and MVNOs would also be given the right to use other operators’ networks in the EU at regulated wholesale prices, to encourage more operators to compete in the roaming market.