downtown-dubai-cityscapeDCH, in clearing the kinds of big data MNOs have around International Roaming, have a great opportunity to comment on the state of the industry and what is happening. ROCCO is interested in any news related to Roaming Regulation around the globe.


See below the article reposted from Gulf News.

Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), a regional leader in providing cloud-based solutions to more than 50 carriers in different geographies, addressed the growing challenges faced by the data clearing industry due to the volatile international roaming segment business of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

EDCH were invited by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) as an industry expert to update regulators from across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on the issues facing this important segment of the international mobile industry.

While mobile data usage has increased by 120 per cent year-on-year, 70 per cent of subscribers switch off data services while roaming abroad to avoid bill shocks. Figures from EDCH indicate that, despite the growth in mobile internet usage and smartphones ownership, subscribers are switching off data services devices when travelling.

The average smartphone user uses 2.2GB of data per month until they travel, when 70 per cent switch off. This rises to 84 per cent who stop social media usage when travelling. Almost $17 billion is spent on alternatives to mobile roaming services, such as WiFi.

“It is a great opportunity for us to share with regulators from across the region the latest trends, challenges and opportunities of the data clearing industry. The global roaming sector is increasing in importance as people travel more and businesses operate internationally. I look forward to working with the regulators to support the international roaming business of telecom operators, especially on industry critical issues, such as establishing guidelines for the WiFi Hub and Data analytics,”

Ahmad Al Yateem, Vice-President for Sales and Marketing at EDCH, said in a statement on Thursday.

The EDCH team also updated the working group on a series of DCH-related topics ranging from: the role of data clearing house in the roaming business, the need to have a specialised data clearing partner, GSMA regulations and common fraud practices that reduce international roaming revenues, which is in 2015 cost the industry more than $10.7 billion.

Hasan Al Ahbabi, Regulatory Economist from the TRA, and the GCC Roaming Working Group member for the UAE, said that EDCH were chosen as a leader in the region on roaming, which is becoming increasingly important to the global telecommunications industry.

“As regulators it is an imperative that we work with business to ensure we have the right environment in place for this sector to flourish. Only by working together will we achieve better outcomes for all and I thank EDCH for sharing their expert advice and their work as an important partner of the TRA,” he said.

Source: Gulf News