The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has published the International Roaming Benchmark Data Report (1 April 2017 – 30 September 2017). The new report shows that the roaming traffic increased considerably in the EU/EEA in summer 2017 compared to summer 2016.

The International Roaming BEREC Benchmark Data Report  on the results of the 20th round of data collection on European international roaming services was presented at  a public debriefing held by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) in Brussels

The key findings of the report are:

  • A large increase in roaming traffic in Q3 2017 compared to Q3 2016: more than 5 times more data and almost two and a half times more phone calls were consumed in the EU/EEA.
  • More than 90% of the intra-EU/EEA roaming traffic for phone calls, SMS and data, in Q3 2017 were used following the new roaming rules – roam-like-at-home (RLAH). The majority of the remaining intra-EU/EEA roaming traffic is linked to alternative roaming tariffs deliberately chosen by end users. Roaming traffic with a surcharge due to the derogation represents less than 2% of total intra-EU-EEA traffic.
  • Wholesale roaming market prices are below the regulated caps, showing that the caps do cover the costs of providing wholesale roaming services.

The results of the report show that the roam-like-at-home rules are achieving their objective to unleash the so far untapped roaming consumption.