On July 1, the second phase of reducing roaming charges in the Western Balkans will come into force.
This phase involves reducing the rate for incoming calls to the level of 3,75 lek per minute, from about 6 lek, which is currently the maximum price set. The maximum prices for other services will remain unchanged, with the exception of small adjustments due to the exchange rate effect.
The maximum rate for outgoing calls in roaming, including VAT, will be 28,5 lek per minute, for text messages of about 9 lek per unit, while for the Internet 26,37 lek per megabyte. Incoming messages will continue to be free.
The second phase of the wholesale tariff reduction for roaming data transmission will also enter into force on 1 July, which could create room for greater competition between operators in offering even cheaper prices than the limit price approved by AKEP. .
Overall, during the first year, operators also offered service rates below the maximum limits approved by AKEP, depending on the roaming packages and tariff plans.
The reduction in roaming charges has started on July 1st of last year, thanks to an agreement between the countries of the western Balkans, with the mediation of the European Commission. The agreement was signed in April 2019 at the Belgrade digital summit and its partners are Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The second phase of the reduction of the roaming tariffs will last one year, while starting from 1 July 2021 all the additional tariffs will be removed and users will also pay the same tariffs in roaming as the national tariffs.
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