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Content and mobile roaming in Europe

Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, according to an agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament, the member states and the European Commission. It is the first agreement related to the modernisation of EU copyright rules in the digital single market strategy. In 2016, 64% of Europeans used the internet to play or download games, images, films or music. They did it increasingly through mobile devices. In a survey carried out in 2015, one in three Europeans wanted cross-border portability. The future regulation will enable consumers to access their online content services when they travel in the EU the same way they access them at home. Online content service providers like Netflix, MyTF1 or Spotify will verify the subscriber's country of residence by using means such as payment details, the existence of an internet contract or by checking the IP address. Services provided without payment (such as the online services of public TV or radio broadcasters) will have the possibility to decide to also provide portability to their subscribers. Once adopted, the rules will become applicable in all member states by beginning of 2018. Read more here. As the last step towards the end of roaming charges by 15 June 2017, agreement has been reached on how to regulate wholesale roaming markets. Read more

  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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