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All-Ireland Tariffs the way forward for mobile phone companies

13 September, 2005

Sinn Féin economy spokesperson, Foyle MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement from British direct rule Enterprise Minister, Angela Smith and Irish Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey that mobile phone companies operating on the island have been given three months to work with to two telecommunications regulators to come up with solutions to the problem of roaming charges in border areas.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Sinn Fein have advocated this process in meetings with both regulators and a number of the mobile phone operators. I welcome this move and Sinn Féin will continue to engage with the mobile phone companies and regulators to achieve the best result for customers.

"Sinn Féin have put proposals to the two regulators seeking the establishment of single all-Ireland tariffs jointly regulated by both regulators.

"The operation to two separate markets is a huge burden particularly for people living in border areas. Sinn Féin believe that it makes good economic sense for the development of a single all-Ireland telecommunications market and that there would also be important benefits for people living in border areas, particularly for marginalised rural communities.

"Sinn Féin have also called for the roll out of integrated broad band networks across the island of Ireland." ENDS

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