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EU Roaming Revenue Gone. What Next For Operators?

From 15th June the EU announced that roaming charges no longer apply across the European Union. Whilst abroad on business or holiday you will be charged the same as you would in your home network.

What does this mean for mobile operators across the EU? Quite simply, a large loss of revenue.

Having talked to clients in Eastern Europe, this will hit really hard as the margins in their home networks are already wafer thin and roaming charges are a critical source of revenue. Operators have argued that this will reduce investment in their networks, having a detrimental effect on subscribers in the long term. Naturally they would say this as it’s going to affect their bottom line, and who wants to take a hit on their balance sheet due to changes in legislation? There are some glimmers of hope for operators as there is a “Fair Use Limit” policy for data consumed while roaming. If the pre-agreed fair usage is exceeded, operators can charge.

Quite how effective EU regulators will be in policing and enforcing these changes remains to be seen, but operators are going to have to adapt. From a technical point of view, what are the options for operators? In other markets we have seen nefarious practises adopted whereby operators configure or deploy GMSC/MSCs to surreptitiously drop incoming roaming calls. Obviously this is a short-sighted and problematic approach, which could lead to legal implications. Also, with the continued rollout of 4G networks there’s a need to insure that roaming between 2G, 3G and 4G networks is seamless. In light of the described changes in roaming charges, this may feel like another cost burden to an operator, but nevertheless one they need to embrace. It is here that Squire Technologies can help with our 4G Roaming Solutions that allow operators to commercially and technically begin small and scale up when demand dictates…

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Solving The 4G LTE Roaming Puzzle


In our very latest whitepaper we look at the challenges faced by operators providing roaming services to their subscribers, as the number of 4G LTE networks increases.

GSMA statistics reliably show there are approximately 800 GSM Operators worldwide with an additional 1,250 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). 606 operators have launched 4G LTE networks, with the GSMA predicting an increase of a third by the end of 2020. There is a now a worldwide network made up of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.

So how do you seamlessly navigate this morass and successfully provide roaming services for your subscribers, and how do operators easily and cost effectively take advantage of lucrative roaming revenues from inbound roamers?

With 4G LTE well on its way to becoming a ubiquitous service the coalescing of new and old technologies creates its own unique challenges. As with all new technology you cannot simply deploy it in a vacuum while simultaneously disregarding what’s gone before in the way of legacy technology, and this is especially true of the mobile industry where individual operators move at their own pace with 4G LTE deployment.

At its heart the problem is that 3G networks run on the SS7 protocol and 4G LTE networks run on the Diameter protocol. The product that supplies the functionality to bridge between these technologies is a Diameter Signalling Controller, which provides a solution for clients focussing on flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness.

150x184x4Gpuzzle_paper_thumb.png.pagespeed.ic.35BBuX02lhIn this whitepaper you will learn:

  1. The fundamental technology issues that define Roaming between 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
  2. Which solution operators need to put in place to enable seamless roaming.
  3. What operators need to look for in a product to ensure ongoing success.

Read the full whitepaper now by downloading our Solving The 4G LTE Roaming Puzzle FREE whitepaper.

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