‘Roaming’ for Ukraine: operators extend deal on affordable calls to and from Ukraine for a further year

Twenty-two European and seven Ukrainian operators have agreed to prolong an agreement, first signed in April 2022, to mutually lower the rates they must sustain to connect calls across borders, the European Commission (EC) said on July 10.

The July 9 agreement provides for a 12-month prolongation.

“Affordable calls allow those seeking shelter in Europe to reach family and friends in Ukraine, and vice versa,” the EC said.

The Body of European regulators of electronic communications (BEREC) monitors the impact of the agreement.

The latest data demonstrates that the agreement has been efficient in allowing operators to provide affordable calls across borders, the EC said.

When it comes to inter-operator rates for cross-border calls, operators in the European Economic Area (EEA) that are part of the agreement are subject to significantly lower rates than those operators who have not signed it.

The Commission urges all operators to join the agreement. An updated list of signatories can be found online.

In parallel, the Commission has been preparing to integrate Ukraine into the EU Roaming area, which would provide a more stable and longer-term solution.

In April 2023, the EU-Ukraine association committee adopted the Commission’s proposal for Ukraine to join the EU Roaming rules.

The next step is for Ukraine to fully align their legislation with that of the EU and then for the Council of the European Union to adopt the final decision. 

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