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LET'S ROAM THE WORLD - ITU International Mobile Roaming (IMR) Resources Portal

​Over the last several years, significant policy and regulatory actions have tackled the problem of high International Mobile Roaming (IMR) service prices at national, regional and international level.  Recognizing its importance,
Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau launched in 2015 the LET'S ROAM THE WORLD Initiative to bring together Regulatory Associations, Regional and International Organizations, Consumer Associations and Private Sector Associations to discuss and collaborate on strategic solutions to this issue.

As part of this initiative, this portal gathers information on all ITU activities in this area as well as ,on activities and initiatives by ITU Members involved in IMR. It also highlights key findings from ITU publications, studies, research, ITU Study Groups, and data and analysis on IMR from the ITU ICT Eye database.

IMR Strategic Guidelines

The IMR Strategic Guidelines were developed with inputs from stakeholders during the ITU Consultation Process (held during 2016 and 2017), including from regional regulatory associations (RAs), international organizations, consumer and private sector associations. The aim of this report is to build the foundation for harmonized guidelines around the world to improve the delivery of IMR services for the benefit of consumers, to reduce what are generally perceived as high mobile roaming retail prices, and to enhance efficiency and transparency of retail roaming prices and services.

"I am sure that these IMR Strategic Guidelines will become an important tool that enables all stakeholders to have a common understanding of the complexities of IMR to foster harmonized solutions at national regional and international level. We all need to continue working together to make ICTs even more affordable for all, including when roaming the world."

                                                                                                                               Mr Brahima Sanou, Director,
                                                                                                                               ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)

All about IMR 2018

This brochure presents a quantitative analysis of data collected by ITU on International Mobile Roaming (IMR) regulatory and policies strategies, as well as a brief introduction to the future of IMR in particular on roaming for Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. 

The trend for IMR voice and data retail prices, over the past three years, seems to be decreasing in all regions (yellow), as reported by NRAs. However, in Africa, 6 countries out of 28 have reported that IMR voice prices are still increasing. In Europe, 29 out of 32 countries reported that IMR prices decreased considerably, following the European Union (EU) IMR Directives.