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Global Roaming Tariff Tracker (86 operators in 60 countries expanding with each update)

  • ID: 2565457
  • October 2014
  • Region: Global
  • Tariff Consultancy

Roaming prices have confronted criticism in recent years and are undergoing significant changes at this present time. The European Commission has imposed regulation to the pricing of voice roaming charges and it saw the introduction of capped wholesale and retail voice prices for calls made within the EU on 30th August 2007, followed by capped SMS prices in July 2009 and wholesale data prices also in 2009 with further prices changes each year thereafter including SMS.

Roaming especially in the consumer market is perceived complex and expensive, despite operators having moved to attractive on-net pricing and easier-to-understand pricing structures, roaming prices remain difficult to track and will be a challenge to keep up with the changes.

Today roaming charges in the EU drop further. Roamers travelling to an EU destination can now charge no more than Euro 0.45 (USD 0.59) per MB. The current rate is Euro 0.70 per MB and will further be reduced to Euro 0.20 per MB from 1st July 2014.

Making outgoing calls will fall to Euro 0.24 per minute and incoming calls will cost no more than Euro 0.07 per minute. From July 2014, outgoing calls will reduce further to Euro 0.19 READ MORE >

Roaming enters the mainstream as part of a larger product bundle, reveals latest edition of the Global Roaming Tariff Tracker update.

The author has released the latest edition of the TCL Global Roaming Tariff Tracker subscription service based on a survey of 86 MNOs in 60 countries worldwide and sheds light on the complex pricing for Mobile Roaming worldwide.

The latest edition of the Global Roaming Tariff Tracker shows the impact of the EU roaming regulation on roaming tariffs within Europe, with speculation that roaming within selected regions – such as within the Benelux – will cease to exist as a result of regulatory pressure.

Key roaming trends identified in the Q1 2013 TCL Tariff Tracker include the following:

- More MNOs are now including roaming bundles as part of a premium Pay Monthly tariff plan - particularly in Europe.

- There remains a huge range of pricing for Data roaming standard pricing worldwide –Data roaming pricing in the survey varies from Euro 0.43 per MB up to over Euro 21 per MB.

- More bundles are now offered by MNOs for Mobile Data roaming than for Voice roaming – the survey now includes over 400 Mobile Data roaming bundles offered by the MNOs but less than half the number of Voice roaming bundles.

- Most bundles are provided for Daily, Weekly & Monthly durations – but increasingly operators look for differentiation and launch durations of shorter than a day, 3 days as well as longer than monthly durations.

- Data roaming bundles all have various pricing worldwide:
Average Lowest priced Highest priced
Daily Euro 7.79 Euro 0.55 Euro 42.88
Weekly Euro 26.99 Euro 0.55 Euro 113.54
Monthly Euro 88.18 Euro 1.18 Euro 1,51
(these are prices per data roaming bundle offer, inclusive allowances vary)

- Mobile Data bundles are gradually increasing – over the last quarter the average Mobile Data bundle has increased in terms of inclusive allowance from 162 MB to 186 MB (the equivalent of Euro 0.96 per MB) by Q1 2013.

- Voice Data roaming bundles cost an average of Euro 18.86 - offer an average of 93 minutes usage per bundle with an average price in the bundle of Euro 0.45 per minute.

The Global Roaming Tariff Tracker provides a unique insight into the changes taking place in roaming tariffs since February 2007 and has been updated every quarter since. Every quarter TCL has continued to develop the survey with roaming products from more countries and MNOs worldwide.

Margrit Sessions, the Managing Director of TCL, summarises the changes in global roaming seen in this edition of the Global Roaming Tariff Tracker - “Over the last quarter period the Global Roaming Tariff Tracker shows that selected European MNOs are now bundling roaming in with premium Pay Monthly products for a smartphone to protect a price point. In Europe, due to regulatory intervention, the MNO has to devise a new pricing model for roaming and is becoming more creative in how it combines roaming with other services”.

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