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Muscat: A limit on roaming rates will be imposed by Oman Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) for subscribers travelling in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The new rates will start from April 1, 2016.

On Tuesday, in continuation of the cooperation between the GCC regulators under the auspices of the GCC General Secretariat, the TRA announced that Omani citizens and residents roaming in the GCC countries will enjoy reduced roaming rates for voice calls, SMS, and mobile data services.

The new price caps for roaming charges were approved by the GCC Ministerial Committee for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology during its 24th meeting held in Doha earlier this month.

The reduction in roaming charges on both inter-operator wholesale level and end user retail level will take place gradually, over a three-year period, for voice calls and SMS services, and over a five-year period for mobile data services.

Telecom regulators

The approved price caps are based on the recommendations of the GCC Roaming Working Group (RWG) which consists of representatives from the telecom regulators of the GCC countries.

The RWG has conducted an extensive study on roaming charges, which was shared with the stakeholders and the general public through a public consultation document published on the TRA website on September 2014.

Meanwhile, people travelling to other Gulf Cooperation Council countries welcomed Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) move to slash roaming rates for voice calls, SMS, and mobile data services.:

0.100 Baisa = €0,23 cents  $0,25 cents

Within the country visited (OMR)

Retail cap (OMR):

  • Today – 0.106 baisa
  • As of April 1, 2016: 0.100 baisa
  • As of April 1, 2017: 0.096 baisa
  • As of April 1, 2018: 0.092 baisa

Price Caps for outgoing calls while roaming to other GCC countries including home country (per minute):

Retail cap (OMR):

  • Today: 0.255
  • As of April 1, 2016 – 0.246
  • As of April 1, 2017: 0.238
  • As of April 1, 2018: 0.231

Price caps for calls received while roaming (per minute):

Retail cap (OMR):

  • As of April 1, 2016: 0.135
  • As of April 1, 2017: 0.108
  • As of April 1, 2018: 0.085

Price caps for each SMS made while roaming:

Retail cap (OMR):

  • As of April 1, 2016: 0.031
  • As of April 1. 2017: 0.027
  • As of April 1, 2018: 0.023

Price caps for mobile data while roaming (per Megabyte):

Retail cap (OMR):

  • As of April 1, 2016: 0.500
  • As of April 1, 2017: 0.327
  • As of April 1, 2018: 0.231
  • As of April 1, 2019: 0.192
  • As of April 1, 2020: 0.161

It is worth mentioning that the rates shown above are ceilings and the operators are free to compete by setting prices below these regulatory caps and can provide more attractive offers to the consumers. These price reductions come in continuation of the previous initiative of cooperation between the GCC regulators under the auspices of the GCC General Secretariat. The first roaming regulation covered only voice calls made while roaming and it was issued in June 2010 and was implemented over two year period with full implementation in February 2012.

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Arabic: مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية‎), originally (and still colloquially) known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC, مجلس التعاون الخليجي), is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf, except for Iraq. Its member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

Source: Times of Oman, Wikipedia

By | 2017-08-24T23:44:25+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Categories: RESEARCH NEWS|

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