EU mobile operators face roaming allowance pressure

A European Union (EU) document, seen by Reuters, proposes that Europe’s mobile operators will have to offer their customers at least 100MB of data a year, at domestic rates, before they can charge additional roaming fees. It’s a step up …

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Wind Mobile boosts position with roaming agreement

Canadian number-four operator Wind Mobile announced that its services now reach 97 per cent of the country’s population owing to a roaming partnership with one of the ‘big three’ operators. Although the roaming partner wasn’t named by Wind, Reuters suggested …

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EC to soften roaming caps blow for telcos – report

The European Commission’s (EC) plans to abolish retail roaming rates within EU altogether by 2016 could be changed to a watered-down ‘fair-use’ policy instead, according to a draft report seen by the Financial Times.

Claro Peru opens up to LTE roaming

KPN’s carrier services operation, iBasis, this week scored an LTE signalling exchange and roaming contract from Claro Peru, a subsidiary of America Movil.

Viva, STC in Gulf LTE roaming deal

Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva on Monday introduced commercial LTE roaming services with neighbouring Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), marking the first 4G LTE roaming agreement between Gulf operators.

TSIC launches managed Diameter signalling offer

The carrier services arm of Nordic operator TeliaSonera has launched what it claims is the first managed Diameter signalling service, enabling other mobile operators to offer LTE roaming services to their customers. The Diameter Roaming Exchange (DRX) offering from TeliaSonera International Carrier has already been deployed by the operator’s subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, Spain, Finland and Denmark and will be rolled out to its Eurasian properties in the near future, the firm said.

Reliance forges Indian 3G roaming deal

Indian operators Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and Aircel this week announced a three way inter-circle roaming partnership to offer pan-Indian 3G services to their customers.

EU single market package draws closer to approval

The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee (ITRE) has voted to approve the telecoms single market package proposed by the European Commission. The package, outlined in September 2013, aims to abolish roaming rates within the EU as well as coordinate spectrum assignment across the region. It also calls for consumer rights to be harmonised across Europe, EU-wide protection of net neutrality and simpler rules across the EU to enable companies to invest more and cross borders with their offerings.

Smaller European operators oppose EU roaming directive

A coalition of 14 European mobile operators has warned of the damaging effects that the European Commission’s plans regarding the abolition of roaming charges could have on competition in the region.