26 May 2010

EU says telecoms market 'too fragmented'

Businesses and consumers across the EU are plagued by high prices because of inconsistent application of EU telecoms rules, the European Commission says. Mobile phone call charges range from 0.04 euro per minute in Latvia to 0.24 in Malta, a Commission report says. Big price differences are hampering efforts to create a single market in EU telecoms. There was zero growth in EU telecoms in 2009, while the overall EU economy saw a 4.2% decline.