Implementing the second phase of roaming charges' reduction, CRA Qatar has reduced mobile data charges to QAR 3.094 per MByte from QAR 4.732 per MByte in 2016 reflecting a reduction of around 35%. The charges will further reduce in April each year until 2020.
“CRA is continually engaging regional entities to collaborate and prepare not only for future technologies and infrastructure, but also to actively support all decisions that benefit consumers of communication services. The decision to reduce roaming charges in a phased manner ensure customer experience is improved through the ubiquitous availability of high quality affordable services,” said Faisal Al-Shuaibi, CRA’s official spokesperson.
Receiving SMS messages while in roaming remains free. The price caps for local voice calls in the visited country has been reduced to QAR 0.910 per minute from QAR 0.946 per minute in April 2016. Prices of voice calls to other GCC countries (including home country) have been reduced to QAR 2.257 per minute from QAR 2.330 per minute in April 2016. Customers will have to pay QAR 1.019 per minute while receiving voice calls compared to QAR 1.274 per minute in April 2016. The price of sending SMS has been reduced to QAR 0.255 per SMS from QAR 0.291 per SMS in April 2016.
While the prices caps are going to be the ceilings, the operators are free to compete by setting prices below these regulatory caps and can provide more attractive offers to the consumers.