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LET’S ROAM THE WORLD: The ITU Global Dialogue on International Mobile Roaming

​The ITU Global Dialogue on International Mobile Roaming (IMR) 
Popov Room, ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 September 2015


Under the overarching theme “LET’S ROAM THE WORLD”, this Global Dialogue provided a global perspective of IMR and the changing rules of the game brought by the advent of new players. Considering the international nature of Roaming, it is becoming essential that all stakeholders work together at regional or multi country level to explore different regulatory, transparency and commercial measures in the IMR market, and to permit NRAs to monitor development in the market.

The second edition of the ITU High-Level Workshop on International Mobile Roaming “LET’S ROAM THE WORLD: The ITU Global Dialogue on International Mobile Roaming (IMR)” as part of the Global Initiative launched in 2013 by Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunications Development Bureau, welcomed over 200 participants, including policy makers,  national regulatory authorities (NRAs) leading private sector companies of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector around the world, Regional Regulatory Associations, International Organization, and consumer representatives. It provided participants with the opportunity to engage with internationally renowned experts and panelists, exchange views and experiences and identify common approaches to respond efficiently to the challenges of IMR. Results from the discussions are available in the Final Report of the Dialogue.


The following topics were addressed during this Global Dialogue: setting the context of IMR, beyong data roaming: innovating and capitalizing on roaming for M2M communications and the Internet of Things; the economics of IMR; the ITU International Mobile Roaming (IMR) Cost Analysis Tool, the role of Regional and International Organizations and the role of the regulator today and in preparing for tomorrow.


The LET’S ROAM THE WORLD: The ITU Global  Dialogue on International Mobile Roaming (IMR), organized by the International Telecommunication Union, took place at  ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on 18 September 2015 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ITU-D Study Groups (Study Group 2 on 7-11 September and Study Group 1 on 14-18 September) and back-to-back with the Mobile Roaming rapporteur group Meeting of ITU-T Study Group 3 (16-17 September). 


​This event is part of the ITU’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

ITU International Mobile Roaming Resources Portal