National roaming in different countries of the world

    Soon domestic roaming in Russia will disappear - the FAS and the Ministry of Communications and Communications have led operators to remove this concept from their tariffs. Yota, however, has since abandoned the idea of ​​internal roaming.

    We learned how things are with national roaming in other countries, and whether they are going to change anything.

    The European Union

    In June 2017, internal roaming for all customers of European mobile operators was canceled. Until this momentous moment, prices had fallen steadily - in 2007 a law was passed to reduce tariffs by 60%, and plans to completely abolish additional cellular charges within the EU were repeatedly discussed. Now the uniform prices for communication services - SMS, calls and the Internet are valid not only in the territory of 28 countries of the mainland, but also in the UK, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland.

    But if the operator can prove that it is losing a lot in revenue due to the cancellation of roaming, then it has the right to charge an additional fee to its other services.

    The mobile operators of Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovakia took this opportunity to keep prices at the same level. As for the Internet, there is no full unlimited, and data transfer fees depend on the selected service package and country. Given that even the cheapest tariff is three times more expensive than the average Russian one, the new system is an extra headache for Russians traveling in the European Union: before traveling, you will have to monitor offers from operators in different countries to find the one that is most profitable for yourself. For example, calling from an Italian SIM card is much cheaper than calling from a German one.


    There is no additional communication fee between states - it would seem that you can safely purchase a SIM card and communicate. But inter-network roaming is actively spread: there is fierce competition in the country, there are more than 70 communication operators in the market, but not one of them has national coverage. Its quality varies depending on the state: excellent reception of communications on the Atlantic coast, on the Pacific coast - only in California and Washington, and in the central part of the country good communication only in large cities.

    At the same time, prices from various operators are about the same and for mobile communications you will have to pay at least $ 30 per month - this is about 1800 rubles.
    You do not have to pay for intranet roaming, but operators win back on network calls and the mobile Internet: for example, T-Mobile does not allow free transfer of more than 50 MB of data. And incoming calls are far from always free.


    In Canada, the most expensive mobile services in North America - a package with voice communications, SMS and 3 GB of Internet will cost 40 Canadian dollars - about 1,900 rubles). At the same time, operators offer a wide selection of SIM-cards and tariffs for calls and mobile Internet. Domestic roaming in the country was canceled in 2014.


    India is the country with the fastest growing telephone network in the world, which now has nearly a billion customers. Over the past two years, the communications market has been shuddering at the consolidation and association of the largest players.

    Each Indian state has different price offers, and the quality of coverage is also different. Operators Airtel and Idea canceled domestic roaming tariffs from April 2017, while Jio, on the contrary, is famous for its high prices.

    All local SIM cards are valid in India, with the exception of the disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir. There are only SIM cards purchased within this state on a prepaid basis. You can only call them, you can not send text messages and use the Internet. In other regions of the country, these cards do not work. This restriction is associated with the threat of terrorism, and recently, Indian authorities extended it to 2018.


    Today in China there is a fee for internal roaming, but, according to the State Council of the PRC, for the sake of "developing national Internet technologies", the republic will soon refuse additional requisitions of customers located in different provinces, plus higher Internet tariffs will be canceled.

    The three largest Chinese mobile operators: China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom are going to cancel roaming in October this year and launch 5G networks in test mode.

    The conclusions are unequivocal: in almost all large countries, internal roaming as a service is absent, while small countries simply do not need it because of the modest area. But everywhere, operators solve the problem of cost compensation for this service in different ways: an increase in the average price tag, a monthly fee, a limit Internet and inflated prices for external roaming.

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