As regards consultations on the future roaming regulations published by the European Commission, the President of the Office of Electronic Communications presents his opinion on this matter reflecting competition problems in the Polish market and based on the latest data of the roaming market.
Pursuant to Art. 7 (3) of the Regulation , the Office of Electronic Communications (hereinafter referred to as "UKE") monitors on an on-going basis developments in wholesale and retail charges for the provision to roaming customers of voice and data communications services, including SMS and MMS. Data collected by UKE and other regulatory authorities are used by European Regulators' Group (hereinafter referred to as "ERG") to prepare Benchmark Reports on the amount of these charges in EU Member States. However, having noticed a significant problem of excessive, over-the-top prices in the roaming segment, UKE also prepares detailed analyses giving us the full picture of the market situation. Accordingly, in February 2008, UKE presented to the European Commission a document entitled "Analysis of prices of mobile telephony services in international roaming within the Community". This analysis contained data on the amount of data transmission charges and SMS and MMS charges offered to Polish customers (notice dated 6 February 2008, ref. GP-WWME-0820-1/08 (1)). Excessively high SMS prices and data transmission charges offered to Polish customers were highlighted in this analysis; no declining trend in this area was identified.
UKE also compiled comparative data as at 31 March 2008 and sent it to ERG as an input to the Benchmark Report on the level of charges in EU Member States.
At the end of June 2008, UKE also analysed the level of prices in the roaming segment, focusing in particular on SMS prices (data as at 26 June 2008). Results of UKE's analyses as at the end of March and June are presented below.