Regulation Made Simple

GCC member states to implement a new roaming regulation from 2016


Author : Sufian Shunnaq

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) roaming working group (RWG) has finalised its report on roaming regulation across GCC countries. This follows the consultation of September 2014. The GCC Ministerial Committee for Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology approved the recommended regulations in its 24th meeting of June 9, 2015 held in Doha, Qatar (but the RWG report has only been publicly available since the beginning of July).

GCC member states have yet to adopt the necessary regulatory instruments that would oblige mobile network operators (MNOs) to implement the price controls and other regulatory measures. So far, none of the GCC regulators have published such regulatory instruments. However, CRA Qatar and TRA Oman have announced the new retail price caps that would apply starting from April 2016 (CRA Qatar announcement, TRA Oman announcement).

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(This report was originally published for our MENA Telecoms clients on September 8, 2015.