The OECD has called its members' governments to boost competition in international mobile roaming markets in order to drive down the high prices being paid by consumers and businesses.
on 02/22/2012 – Made popular on 02/22/2012
The OECD has undertaken a detailed analysis of mobile data roaming rates between member nations, concluding that the prices are too high and that this signifies a lack of retail or wholesale competition, or both.
A new report from the OECD into international mobile roaming charges says that government regulation may be the only way to ensure that consumers are not charged unreasonable rates to use their mobile phones outside their home country.
The Australian Government says it has in place a number of initiatives to address the issue of high, and often opaque, charges for international mobile roaming, but it has stopped short of seeking either bilateral or multilateral regulation, despite a parliamentary enquiry calling on it to do so, and despite the OECD suggesting that regulation is the only solution.
Two years after an Australian House of Representatives enquiry called on the Government to start bilateral discussions with a view to regulating mobile roaming charges, the Australian and New Zealand governments have launched a formal investigation into trans-Tasman mobile roaming services.
The Asia Pacific Telecommunity - a body representing almost every government telecoms department in the region - is tackling the persistent problem of exorbitant mobile roaming charges with a three day workshop in Brisbane.