The Belgian and Luxembourg telecom regulators have reached an agreement aimed at ending roaming surcharges for mobile users in the two countries. The agreement will allow a Belgian phone number to be linked to a Luxembourg network, ending the national distinctions for the IMSI and phone number. This will allow Luxembourg operators to offer services to customers in Belgium based on existing roaming agreements in Luxembourg, and Belgian operators will be able to do the same with Luxembourg numbers.
According to a statement from Belgian regulator BIPT, the agreement was brought about after a request from Luxembourg operator Join Experience. Join, a joint venture started by Post Luxembourg and Join Wireless, plans to launch soon an offer for voice, messaging and data services at the same prices in Belgium and Luxembourg. It already offers plans with domestic and EU roaming at the same price.
Mobile phone users should pay a single price for calls, texts and internet browsing in Luxembourg and Belgium thanks to an agreement ending roaming between the two countries. Luxembourg operator Join’s campaign to end roaming has born fruit in the signing of a bilateral agreement between Belgian regulator BIPT and Luxembourg equivalent, the ILR (confirmed in a press release). The agreement means that a Belgian phone number can be associated with a Luxembourg network, despite the fact that phone numbers are generally organised by a single country.
Join Experience, a joint venture between Join Wireless and Post Luxembourg on Belgian network Base, can now offer services to Belgian users without intermediaries, on the basis of its roaming agreements made in Luxembourg. The two country’s regulators hoped the agreement would
“have positive effects for the Luxembourg and Belgian markets,”
namely by extending supply and lowering prices. Join Managing Director Pascal Koster welcomed the bilateral agreement. He said:
“It’s an innovative offer for the Greater Region market. We have always advocated for a single price for calls and internet browsing, regardless of the country one is in in Europe.”
Luxembourg regulator ILR’s Paul Schuh said the agreement with Belgium marks a significant step forward. He said:
“It offers greater flexibility to operators of the two countries in order to better understand consumer demand and offer them deals that meet their needs and their budgets.”
The Luxembourg operator Join already has 5,000 customers on the Belgian market, where it began activities four months ago. It said it will next approach German and French regulators to pursue similar agreements.
Source: Luxemburger Wort, Telecoms Paper