27 April 2017
Muscat: Roaming rates on calls, SMS, and mobile data services within the GCC region have been slashed by telecoms service provider Ooredoo.

“Ooredoo customers can now enjoy local calls while roaming in the GCC for just 96 Baizas while calls to other GCC countries are just 238 Baizas a minute. SMS are charged at 27 Baizas per text. And the cost of data has also been significantly reduced to just 327 Baizas per MB; more than a 50% reduction compared to last year’s rates,” it announced on Wednesday.

Travellers have also been given a major cut on the price of received calls, which have been lowered to 108 Baizas per minute from 135.

Ooredoo’s unified tariffs supports Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) initiatives and provides customers with the same standard rate for local roaming calls, data and SMS in every GCC country they travel to and with any operator they use.

Johan Buse, Chief Commercial Officer at Ooredoo, said: “Since its establishment in 1981, the GCC has brought the residents and citizens of its six member states closer than ever before. As we continue to grow and form close business and personal ties with our neighbours, it is essential that we remain connected with a unified roaming rate that offers the best mobile service for the best price. Our unified tariff structure has been designed to do exactly that, as well as facilitating better communication abroad at a time when relations between the GCC states are enjoying unprecedented growth.”

In addition to its new roaming rates, Ooredoo also offers cost-effective Musafir data and voice bundles perfectly tailored for any trip within the GCC. Available with all operators in the region, the bundles include Musafir daily, Musafir 2 Days, and Musafir Weekly.

© Times of Oman 2017