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Roaming regulation in the EEA/EFTA states

The EU Roaming Regulation normally applies in the EEA/EFTA states Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland when it has been formally incorporated in the EEA Agreement.

Regulation No 531/2012 (the EU Roaming Regulation) has been incorporated in the EEA Agreement and is therefore applicable in the three EEA/EFTA states.

The European Parliament and the Council adopted 27 October 2015 Regulation (EU) 2015/2120, which amended Regulation (EU) No 531/2012. Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 introduced the abolition of retail roaming surcharges in the Union from 15 June 2017. This new regulatory regime for retail roaming services in the EU is referred to as the ‘roam-like-at-home’ (RLAH) regime.

The amendments where incorporated in the EEA agreement 29 April 2016, but did not enter into force since the three EEA/EFTA states required approval from their respective parliaments. This is still in process. However, in Norway the Electronic Communications Regulation Section 2-7 was changed already in May 2016, and the amendments entered into force 1 June 2016. National implementation was possible since the amendments only concerned retail regulation.

The abolition of retail roaming surcharges in the EU from 15 June 2017 is subject to adoption of new regulation at wholesale level. This regulation must be incorporated in the EEA Agreement for the abolishing of retail roaming surcharges to be applicable to the EEA/EFTA states. The timeline for this process is uncertain, but the EEA/EFTA states are aiming for implementation before 15 June 2017.