Total Telecom – EU roaming charges finally scrapped

While retail roaming rates are a thing of the past, wholesale roaming rates are not. Telcos must find a way to cover the cost of providing roam-like-at-home services, either by making savings elsewhere in the business, raising prices, or finding a new source of revenue altogether.

“Some will roll out new ‘more for more’ data plans, that are more expensive than previous plans but which offer subscribers more data to use,” suggested Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of Swedish telco consultancy Northstream, in a research note.

The EU took a somewhat unrepentant standpoint on this matter.

“Operators have had two years to prepare for the end of roaming charges, and we are confident that they will seize the opportunities the new rules bring to the benefit of their customers,” the EU said.

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