Cell phone customers within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states can save almost half of their roaming bills starting subsequent month.
The six members within the particular grouping of Arab states have determined to slash telecom roaming costs for making and receiving calls, sending textual content messages and knowledge providers by a mean of forty per cent from April 1, in line with a report by the UAE’s state information company WAM.
“A mean forty % minimize will probably be in impact within the first part of latest discount charges. Incoming SMS software will stay free,’” Abdullah bin Juma Al Shibli, Assistant Secretary-Basic for Financial Affairs of the Secretariat of the GCC.
Al Shibli added that cell phone customers in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE might save as much as $1.thirteen billion, boosting social welfare by $404 million.
Nevertheless, the report made no point out of latest charges.
In June final yr, the GCC Ministerial Committee for Submit, Telecommunications and Info Know-how assembly held in Doha had agreed to regularly scale back roaming fees.
Al Shibli stated a GCC technical staff will monitor the roaming fees frequently and can submit suggestions to the committee.
“A mechanism has been set as much as collect knowledge regularly to replace determination-makers on modifications happening within the roaming providers market and guarantee environment friendly management,’” he added.
Supply: Press Launch