New international roaming regulation

Regulation (EU) No 2015/2120 of the European Parliament and of the Council (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulation”) was published on 26 November 2015 in the Official Journal of the European Union, amending Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 June 2012 on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union, the aim being to bring the difference between roaming and inland tariffs down to zero. Due to the fact that this objective cannot be achieved in a sustainable way at the current level of wholesale prices, the amended Regulation introduces a "transitional period” from 30 April 2016 to 14 June 2017 before the current wholesale prices set in the amended roaming regulation from 2012 are re-evaluated.

Since the new Regulation introduces a series of changes, and CTU receives enquires from various operators regarding their implementation, CTU publishes following explanation.

Within the transitional period from 30 April 2016 to 14 June 2017, roaming service providers are able to apply a surcharge to the inland retail price for the provision of regulated retail roaming services. The size of this surcharge for individual roaming services (voice, SMS and data) in CZK and EUR is shown in the following table, as are the maximum prices of roaming voice, SMS and data services valid from 30 April 2016. All prices are stated excluding VAT.



Regulated service Maximum amount of surcharge in EUR Maximum amount of surcharge in CZK excluding VAT Maximum price in CZK excluding VAT Price cap in CZK excluding VAT
Outgoing call 0,05 EUR/min. 1,37 CZK/min. domestic price + 1,37 CZK/min. 5,22 CZK/min.
Incomming call 0,0114 EUR/min. 0,31 CZK/min. domestic price + 0,31 CZK/min. domestic price + 0,31 CZK/min.
Outgoing SMS 0,02 EUR/SMS 0,54 CZK/SMS domestic price + 0,54 CZK/SMS 1,64 CZK/SMS
Data services 0,05 EUR/MB 1,37 CZK/MB domestic price + 1,37 CZK/MB 5,49 CZK/MB

Conversion of the surcharge to CZK is done by exchange rate as of 1 May 2015 27,43 CZK/EUR and conversion of the price cap is done by average exchange rate of 27,484 CZK/EUR (average calculated of the following exchange rates: 27,488 of 3 March 2015, 27,533 of 1 April 2015 and 27,43 of 1 May 2015).

If the sum of the inland price and the maximum surcharge (the amount indicated in the table as the maximum price) exceed the price cap, the roaming service provider is authorised to charge a maximum price equalling the price cap. Roaming service providers are therefore fundamentally obliged to charge the lower of the two values stated (maximum price and price cap) for each roaming service.