BEREC announce long awaited “decoupling method” for new EU roaming regulations.

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) today (27/09/12) revealed full details of their chosen “decoupling method” as EU roaming regulations move closer to fruition.

The seven-page document released by BEREC disclosed that both single International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI) were to be used to reduce the costs of mobile roaming and also that a proposed time scale for the implementation had been finalised.

Regional and non-international networks had hoped that the report would endorse dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI), however BEREC dismissed this saying:

“ BEREC confirms its initial view on not supporting dual IMSI..As a consequence no provisions for dual IMSI use should be included in the implementing acts.”

This news could only serve to increase the concerns of the European Commission (EC) who had set out proposals themselves supporting dual IMSI However BEREC confirmed they will work with the Commission to strengthen proposals, and also to explore the possibilities of extending the current ‘Bill Shock’ measure to outside the European Union (EU)

BEREC also stressed that despite being the Electronic Communications regulatory body they will be expecting networks and operators to implement systems to handle user experience, adding:

“BEREC is not in the position to draw a proposal on this detail specification of interfaces, as standardisation is out of the scope of BEREC powers and deep technical knowledge on functionalities and interfaces in operating support systems should be provided by operators and systems providers. “

The paper also confirmed that full regulatory systems and technology would be available to domestic providers “several months” before the launch, currently planned for July 2014 with a full roll out predicted by the end of the summer.