Kuwait agreed to reduce roaming fees

June 10, 20150 Comments

roaming2Governments of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries have agreed to gradually reduce roaming charges when making calls, sending text messages and using data within the six-nation bloc, according to a statement carried by state media.

Cuts to fees on calls and text messages would be introduced from April 1, 2016, and would take place over three years, while data charges would be trimmed from the same date but over a five-year period.

The GCC consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

A number of telecom firms operate across multiple GCC geographies. Saudi Telecom, the region’s largest firm by market value, has stakes in businesses in Bahrain and Kuwait, with Kuwait’s Zain also operating across the same three countries. Qatar’s Ooredoo has operations in Kuwait and Oman. (Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Writing by David French; editing by Susan Thomas)

Source : Reuters


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