Communication Regulatory Authority (CRA) of Qatar is setting price ceilings to reduce roaming charges for voice calls, SMS and mobile data. The service providers are free to set prices below these regulatory caps.
The regulator is developing regulatory instruments to ensure the implementation of the decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Committee for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology.
The new regulation will reduce rates for roaming, telephone calls, text messaging and data services throughout the GCC countries, even for customers who only need limited access to roaming services.
“We are committed to promote market competition, and bringing additional benefits to consumers,” said Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, president of the CRA.
“This initiative is in line with CRA’s mandate to boost affordable state-of-the-art and innovative technology and telecommunications services in Qatar,” he added.
While roaming, currently making local voice calls within the visited country costs QAR1 per minute and after April 2016, it will be reduced to QAR0.95 per minute. Mobile data price ceiling is set in QAR1.533 per Mbyte by April 2020.