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Gulf Operators Cut Roaming Rates

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The UAE's telecoms regulator has ordered the country's two mobile network operators to cut the cost of roaming overseas within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The GCC is made up of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

In average, the roaming prices for UAE customers who travel to GCC countries should fall by an average of 42% starting from 1 April 2016.

Commenting on this move, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the UAE TRA's Director General stated: "The TRA was actively represented in the Roaming Working Group meetings to study the regulation of roaming prices in the GCC countries. The implementation of the price caps by all mobile operators in the GCC will represent a great achievement for GCC countries to be among the pioneers in implementing such regulations."

In 2010, the GCC approved recommendations for setting a maximum cap on wholesale and retail mobile roaming tariffs within GCC member states. The Regulation took full effect on 1 February 2012.

On 9 June 2015, the GCC approved recommendations setting price caps for calls made to other GCC, calls made within the visited GCC country, calls received while roaming within the GCC, SMS sent while roaming in the GCC and mobile data usage while roaming in the GCC.

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