“Today, MEPs will vote on amendments to European telecoms market regulations affecting net neutrality and the proposed abolition of EU data roaming charges. Any decision to abolish data roaming charges would have a serious impact on the European telecoms industry, as operators look to alternative forms of income to replace revenue generated by mobile roaming fees. However, changes in legislation have the potential to transform the market landscape, ushering in a new era of innovation and collaboration from all parties in the ecosystem, including the launch of new “roaming only” pan-EU MVNOs.
We have noticed a significant uplift in data roaming over the last 12-18 months with our platform registering a 25% month by month increase in 4G roaming traffic. This demonstrates a strong appetite for data usage while travelling abroad, something that the industry can capitalize on by developing new business models and data plans that cater for the demands of this new breed of customer.
The reduction in roaming charges and introduction of innovative tariffs from agile MNOs, already seen in many markets, has led to a boom in the usage of 3G and 4G services abroad. New legislation could lead to a dynamic new marketplace that will further fuel the use of roaming services from subscribers and stimulate cross-border data usage.”
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The opportunity for innovation is immense, with the potential for new tariffs and the launch of MVNOs leveraging a pan-EU roaming proposition. This will further stimulate the use of high quality data services and drive forward adoption of next generation technologies. Utilisation of mobile data roaming services is already rising at a rapid rate and with further consumer price discounts, this is set to continue.
A comment by Mikael Schachne, VP Mobile Data Business, BICS | 27th of October 2015