Roamers outside Europe hit by price hike

The enforced cut in roaming fees imposed on European operators by the EU has seen roaming calls into Europe increased by a massive 163 per cent. Operators are said to have lifted call tariffs in an attempt to offset the losses from roaming charges within Europe.

According to Informa analyst Angela Stainthorpe, since the EU roaming regulation came into force, operators have reported roaming revenue declines into the hundreds of millions of Euros. "As roaming traffic growth hasn't kept up with falling tariffs, operators are looking elsewhere to recoup their losses.

For example, said Stainthorpe, the average price of a call home to Italy made by a subscriber roaming in Russia was €3.67 (excluding VAT) per minute in 2006 but had risen 25 per cent to €4.58 since the Eurotariff came into play. A German mobile user outside the EU has seen a massive 163.7 per cent price increase since 2006 for a call home from Africa.

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