Canadian Networks Oppose Roaming Cap Limit

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Two of Canada's largest mobile networks have criticized plans for a roaming cap to be applied by the telecom regulator as being technically impossible and of limited use to consumers.

The regulator, the CTRC has proposed a C$50 roaming cap that is designed to prevent issues of "bill shock", and is holding public hearings into the issue, along with other regulatory proposals.

"The proposal to cap additional fees once they hit $50 creates so many technical and practical problems that it is, with respect, impossible," Raj Doshi, senior vice-president of products at Rogers told the hearing.

However, Telus executives told the panel that they already have a roaming cap of C$200, which kicks in until the customer contacts them to have the limit raised.

Telus said that if a cap were to become a regulatory requirement, then it should be set closer to C$200 instead of the proposed $50 per month.

The European Union has already mandated a roaming cap for mobile networks when customers are roaming within Europe, and is seeking to expand that for Europeans roaming globally.

The GSMA is also working on proposals for an industry wide roaming cap facility, although the spending limits are likely to remain a local affair.

On the web: Financial Post

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