Serbia is due to sign the regional roaming agreement with the countries of the Western Balkans in Belgrade, on April 4, which will stipulate that the roaming charges in the region will be considerably reduced. By July 1, 2021, the price of a call in the region should cost as much as the price of a local call.
The State Secretary at the Ministry of Telecommunications, Tatjana Matic, explains that the agreement, concluded under the auspices of the Western Balkans Digital Agenda, makes it mandatory for the signees not to exceed the upper limit of retail and wholesale prices of roaming services.
Mobile telephony operators in the region should reduce the prices of roaming in order to enable consumers to use electronic communications services outside the reach of their network, without paying steep fees, she added.
“In the first year of the transitory period, the agreement stipulates that mobile phone users from Serbia will pay 27% lower roaming prices if using their mobile phones to call from Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Matic added.
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In terms of making roaming calls from Albania, the reduction amounts to as much as 85%. The transitory period begins on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2021.
For citizens of Serbia, the price of one minute will not exceed RSD 22.4, the VAT excluded, RSD 7 for a text message and RSD 21.2 for data transfer per megabyte. According to Tatjana Matic, the Ministry has invested a lot of effort to have the agreement signed.
“If the political circumstances allow for it, the document will be signed next week,” she said.
By 1 July 2021 at the latest, the maximum retail price of roaming services in the Western Balkan region will be reduced to the price of a local call, just like in the EU.
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