Canadian data roaming fees among world’s highest

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.cbc.ca/fp/story/2011/06/08/4912916.html


    Travelling abroad is expensive enough already, but Canadian vacationers should be wary of one particularly costly travel expense: their mobile phone.

    In a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday, Canada was found to have the highest data roaming fees out of all 34 countries surveyed. For 1Mb (megabyte) of data sent from a cellular roaming zone, less than the size of one high-resolution photograph, Canadians pay an average of US$24.61.

    That is more than double the overall average cost of US$9.48 to transmit a single megabyte of data. It is also more than five times the US$4.17 per megabyte charged in Greece, which the OECD found to have the lowest average data roaming fees among its member states.

    “The wide difference in prices can be explained by Greek mobile phone companies being charged less by wholesale operators than Canadian operators and passing those savings onto customers,” the report said.

    “Or it could reflect greater competition in the Greek retail roaming market than in Canada.”

    Explanations of the disparity aside, the high cost of mobile phone usage has long been an issue of national concern. Competition in the Canadian wireless sector has only recently expanded beyond an oligopoly controlled by massive telecommunications firms such as BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada unit, Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp.

    Ever since Ottawa opened up access to the wireless spectrum in 2008, a number of new players such as Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity have gradually rolled out competitively priced cellular services across the country, which have started to drive prices down. However, most of the downward pressure in the market overall has been focused on core voice plans, with the cost of data being generally unchanged.

    Average price (USD) for 1MB of roaming data by traveller's country of origin (Source: OECD)


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    Why would an international carrier give Greek mobile phone companies a better roaming rate than a Canadian mobile phone company?
     
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    Excellent question.
     

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