A new report from Juniper Research has valued Operator revenues generated from mobile roaming at more than US$80 billion by 2017, compared to over US$46 billion this year. These revenues will largely be driven by increasing data usage and a reduction in roaming charges. “Roaming regulations and legislation have been introduced in a number of markets, most notably the EU,” Juniper said in a release.
“These have been invoked in an attempt to protect customers against escalating charges and to preserve competition amongst operators. In the main, these changes have had a significant effect in bringing down charges and reducing the chances of ‘bill shock’ from roaming costs.”
The report notes that while regulations and unilateral moves by operators have had the effect of slowing down revenue growth in specific areas of the world, roaming revenue as a whole is still growing.
In addition, data revenue will grow at a CAGR of 21% and will account for an increasing proportion of roaming revenue over the forecast period.
Further information is available at www.juniperresearch.com.