The Council of the Regional Collaboration has announced that from today 1 July mobile telephone tariffs in all Western Balkans have decreased significantly, thus allowing users to send messages, call and surf the internet much more, paying a lot less.
The new rates
According to the council, on average the rates for outgoing calls have decreased by 65%, while for 75% internet services (with some cases where rates even decrease up to 99%).
"The rates for outgoing calls in some cases reach 0.08 euros, while those concerning internet surfing have been lowered to 0.03 euros, depending on the operator."- reads the Council statement.
Specifically in Albania, starting today, the maximum rate for outgoing roaming calls, including VAT, will be 28,5 lek (0,23 euro) per minute, for incoming calls 6 Lek (0,049 euro) per minute, per messages written 9 (0,074 euro) lek per unit, while for Internet 26,37 lek (0,22 euro) per megabyte.
Rates far reduced compared to the current ones, for example, the 2.5 euros per minute for calls. From 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, the rate for incoming roaming calls will decrease to around 3,75 Lek per minute, while the rate for other services will remain the same.
Roaming charges in the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia) will be gradually reduced over the next two years and will be eliminated by the 2021. From 1 July 2021, in fact, all additional tariffs will be removed and Albanian users who use roaming in the countries of the region will pay the same prices as in Albania.
The abolition of tariffs for telecommunications in the Western Balkans has been requested by the European Union as a form of facilitation for communication between citizens. Efforts to reach an agreement of this type have been formalized to open this year during the digital summit in Belgrade.
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