Bargain: GCC Roaming off 30%

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Great news for GCC travelers. You can make telephone calls to loved ones for a cheaper fare.

Gulf Arab telecoms regulators will cut regional roaming rates by 30 percent in July, a UAE official told Reuters on Wednesday.

This planned reduction follows an earlier 30% cut on regional roaming charges in September 2010 said Mohamed Ghanem, Director General of UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

He also said that all telecom operators in the Gulf states must abide by this rate reduction
The rumor is that there are discussions that rates for messaging and data services could also be reduced, let?s keep our fingers crossed.

The decision follows a meeting of the telecoms regulators of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE

The Ministerial Committee of Mail, Telecommunications and Information Technology also agreed to migrate television broadcasting from analogue to digital by the end of 2013. Oman requested an extension until 2015.

?The outcome is going to be more channels provided to consumers … you?ll have much more focused products for TV on the terrestrial side,? Al Ganem said.


Samir an Egyptian engineer working in Dubai told AG that ?This is the best news for GCC expats. We can make calls home for a cheaper price. If it can be extended to SMS I would be a happy man.?

This is the reaction from practically all GCC expats. They are thrilled by the news.

Some expats from Asian countries like India and Pakistan told AG it would be good If it was cheaper to call their respective home countries.

This is a new precedent, who knows what may come next.

Source:Zzawya, gulf news, The peninsula Qatar, Newz Globe, Khaleej Times, Reuters

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