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Introduction

On June 15, 2017, the telecoms regulator in Finland granted four MNOs (Telia Finland, Elisa, DNA Finland, and Moi Mobiili) permission to continue to charge customers for EU roaming services.

Highlights

  • Not all operators across the EU are well placed to implement RLAH, and some are likely to incur significant losses. Nordic mobile markets in particular have data-hungry users, which has led FICORA to authorize operators to continue to charge customers for roaming services.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes why operators from certain countries will struggle to implement the EU's RLAH policy.
  • Compares RLAH costs to revenue for a Nordic operator.

Key questions answered

  • Which member states have already authorized operators to continuing applying a surcharge for roaming services?
  • What is driving the need for regulators to grant exceptions to the RLAH policy?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • RLAH has just started, but we are already seeing exceptions
  • Wholesale caps on data roaming result from a compromise between radically different stances
  • With data-hungry users, Nordic mobile markets will struggle in implementing RLAH
  • Growth in mobile data consumption will not address the problem

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Authors

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