GCC to slash roaming rates for calls, mobile data by 40pc
ABU DHABI: GCC member states have decided to apply reduced roaming rates for voice calls, outgoing SMS, and mobile data services as of April 1, 2016, a senior GCC official has announced. "An average 40 per cent cut will be in effect in the first phase of new reduction rates. Incoming SMS application will remain free," Abdullah bin Juma Al Shibli, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs of the Secretariat of the GCC, said, noting that mobile phone users in the GCC member states could save up to $1.13 billion, boosting social welfare by $404 million. "A GCC technical team will monitor these prices regularly and submit recommendations to the GCC Ministerial Committee Ministerial Committee for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology.