The latest roaming rates announced by the U.A.E. nation’s two telecom companies on Thursday are unlikely to change the way consumers use their mobile phones while travelling the GCC region, industry experts believe. Etisalat and du announced similar regional roaming rates with reductions of between 2 and 5 per cent for outgoing calls within the GCC.
However, there was some good news for some Etisalat subscribers who will have their data charges cut by as much as 90 per cent while the latest rates will be between 76 and 86 per cent lower for most prepay and postpay subscribers.
Inbound calls and outgoing international calls remain at Dh1.25 ($0,34) and Dh9 ($2,45) a minute respectively.
Prices of du’s data roaming bundles, which can cost as much as Dh500 ($136) for 1GB of data, were also unchanged.
Rafid Fatani, head policy analyst at technology consultancy Access Partnership, said the reductions in prices would probably not change the habits of mobile users.
“All indicators show that the reduction in unit price has been limited, with outdated services such as SMS taking the brunt of the reduction, while all-important data services