GCC to reduce roaming prices in 2016

Committee approved gradual reduction of roaming, calls, text messaging and data
GCC to reduce roaming prices in 2016

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GCC Ministerial Committee for Post, Communications and Information Technology has approved the gradual reduction of roaming, telephone calls, text messaging and data service prices throughout the GCC countries.

The gradual price reduction is set to begin from April 1st, 2016, for a period of three years. The reduction will be applied for local calls within the roaming country, incoming calls while roaming and text messages. As for data services while roaming in the GCC, the procedure will begin April 1st, 2016 and will resume for five years.

"The gathering complements a series of previous meetings and consultation sessions, in order to reach the highest levels of integration and exchange of experiences between stakeholders in this sector, throughout the GCC. We are pleased with the participation of our fellow brothers in examining the affairs of this vital sector, directly reflected on the lives of our citizens and societies, as much as it is reflected on the economic development in the GCC countries. We emphasize that the step to reduce roaming prices will have a significant role in the promotion of tourism on a GCC level, in general, and will have a significant impact in furthering the UAE’s presence from a regional tourism point of view, be it business or leisure. As such, tourists arriving to our nation will be able to communicate directly with their companies and families, prompting them to take advantage of the smart services and facilities scattered across the country,” said H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, UAE TRA Director General.

"We, at the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA), and under the guidance of the Board of Directors, have made great efforts in cooperating with our licensed service providers, to study all aspects of roaming prices at the national level in the UAE. The recent decisions, come in support of government policies in this framework. The nature of topics within the Ministerial Committee for Post, Communications and Information Technology’s agenda in general as well this meeting agenda, impose dealing with extraordinary importance with joint efforts embodied in such consultative meetings designed to unify visions and coordinate pathways that meets GCC individual objectives and achieve strategies implemented at the GCC level in the field of Post, Communications and Information Technology," he added.

The meeting also discussed the joint preparations carried out by the GCC team in charge of the participation in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 activities that will be held in Geneva in November. In this context, the team will conduct a meeting at the ITU headquarters in July, followed by participation in the meetings of the Arab Spectrum Management Group, which will be held in Morocco during the month of August. These meetings will discuss all the details and the adoption of working papers that would make GCC countries and the Arab Countries Group in this global conference.

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