New EU roaming regulations are expected to cause a drop in mobile roaming revenue for operators in 2017, according to a forecast from Juniper Research.
Annual roaming revenue is predicted to fall by 28% in Europe and by 7% globally: a significant portion of an estimated $52 billion total in the year after next.
Last June, UK communications regulator Ofcom published a consultation document that contained its plans for ‘mobile termination rates’.
These are the wholesale charges paid by network operators when they connect calls to rival mobile networks, which then have an impact on call charges for consumers.
EE is offering customers 100MB of mobile data every month if they buy a ‘pay as you go’ 4G smartphone or 4G tablet for Christmas.
The offer is open until 28th December 2014 for smartphone purchases and 31st January 2015 for tablets.
UK communications regulator Ofcom is working with fixed-line and mobile network operators to inform consumers about forthcoming changes to telephone call charges.
Calls from UK mobile phones to 0800 and 0808 ‘free phone’ telephone numbers will be free to all customers from next summer. In addition, call rates to other numbers that begin with 08, 09 and 118 will be clarified for fixed-line and mobile customers.
BT has won a Supreme Court ruling that could see it reclaiming millions of pounds from UK mobile network operators.
The case dates back to 2009, when BT announced new termination rates for telephone numbers that began with 08. These rates varied depending on the amount that the originating network charged the caller.