During the last several years significant policy and regulatory actions have taken place to tackle the problem of high International Mobile Roaming (IMR) service prices at national, regional and international level. The aim has been to reduce what is viewed as excessively high mobile roaming retail prices but also to find longer term solutions to introduce competition in this market. Despite price reductions for IMR and the emergence of a range of alternative technologies and calling solution which, there is nevertheless general agreement that prices for retail voice and data services diverge significantly from costs and that actions to reduce prices and protect users are essential.
Recognizing the importance of this key issue, this portal gathers information on all the activities done by ITU in this area as well as about activities and initiatives done by Regulatory Associations, Regional and International Organizations and other stakeholders. It also highlights key findings from ITU Publications, studies, research, ITU Study Groups, and data and analysis on IMR from the ITU ICT Eye.
In addition, following the success of the ITU Global Dialogue on International Mobile Roaming (IMR) that took place at the ITU Headquarters in Switzerland (18 September 2015,) as part of the LET'S ROAM THE WORLD Initiative launched in 2015 by Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau ITU organized the IMR Consultation Meeting on International Mobile Roaming, held in Geneva from 15 to 16 September 2016. The objective of this Consultation was to bring together Regulatory Associations, Regional and International Organizations, Consumer Associations and other stakeholders to discuss and collaborate on defining the building blocks for International Mobile Roaming (IMR) Strategic Guidelines.