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 Friday, February 24, 2012

The OECD has recommended ways for governments to take action against high costs for international mobile roaming. The recommendation largely follows the measures implemented or under consideration by the European Union. The OECD first recommends that governments promote transparent information on roami­ng prices, to help protect consumers and businesses from high costs. Setting a financial limit for data roaming services would also help, the group said. In addition, international MVNOs should have access to wholesale mobile services under local conditions and on fair and reasonable terms, the OECD said. They should also benefit from regulated wholesale roaming rates between operators. If the above measures are not effective, the OECD recommends that governments consider price regulation for roaming services. Wholesale roaming services could be regulated by means of bilateral or multilateral wholesale agreements with mutually established price caps.

Source: Telecom Paper.