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Gulf operators to cut roaming charges by 30%

Decision to cut charges was made at meeting of Telecomms, IT and Post GCC Ministers

Telecoms operators in GCC countries will have to reduce their roaming charges by 30%, according to a report in The National.
Telecoms operators in GCC countries will have to reduce their roaming charges by 30%, according to a report in The National.

Telecom operators in GCC countries must reduce their roaming charges by 30% by early July, according to a report from UAE daily, The National.

The decision was made at the 22nd meeting of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Post GCC Ministers, held in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The move is the second phase of a plan by a "roaming working group" which consists of delegates from each of the Gulf countries telecom regulators.

"The GCC Telecommunications Regulatory Authorities will inform the operators immediately after this meeting to implement the resolution and move to the second phase," H.E. Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, said in a statement.

The decision will initially apply to voice calls, while further talks will look at the case for reducing the cost of roaming data services.