EU Roaming Regulation

Author:Ms Helen Kelly and Nina Cummins

On 29 November, ComReg published the 11th wave of Irish and EU aggregated data; the data comprises a comprehensive set of data requested by all NRAs from national operators. Key points from the period 1 July 2012 - 31 March 2013 are summarised on pages 4 and 5 of the publication and include:

- Voice calls

Ireland's average retail roaming prices for calls made/received continue to comply with the regulatory price ceilings. Ireland's average "Eurotariff" price per calls made/received are lower than the EU/EEA average. However, Ireland's surcharge for billed prices for retail "Eurotariff" calls made has increased and is significantly above the EU/EEA average (11.3% in Q1 2013). Bizarrely, this arises from the fact that - in an attempt to save costs - there has been an increase in calls made with a duration of less than 30 seconds. - SMS

Ireland's average retail price for sending a SMS is now 1 cent below the regulated cap of 9 cents...

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