EU data roaming traffic jumps 435% in Q3 after RLAH implementation
Data roaming traffic in the EU rose 435 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 to over 84 million GB, according to a report from the EU regulatory group Berec. The first quarter after the implementation of ‘roam like at home’ charging in the EU shows the measure is a “clear success from the end-user point of view”, said Johannes Gungl, chairman of Berec, at a debriefing following Berec’s latest plenary meeting, according Telecompaper. Berec approved at the meeting its latest report on roaming in the EU. While roaming volumes varied across EU states, there was a clear increase in data traffic across the region in Q3, Gungl said. Around 88 percent of active mobile users in the EEA to advantage of RLAH.
In addition, the report found that wholesale roaming rates were well below the regulated price caps set by the EU, for data as well as voice and SMS. In some cases, wholesale prices were even below the estimated minimum cost level calculated by the regulators, with the lowest data priced offered less than a quarter of a eurocent per MB.
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