In its latest report, Juniper Research is looking at roaming, forecasting that operator revenues from mobile roaming will surpass $80 billion by 2017, compared to over $46 billion this year. According to the research company, the growth will largely be driven by increasing data usage and a reduction in roaming charges.
Roaming regulations and legislation have been introduced in a number of markets, including the EU. These have been invoked in an attempt to protect customers against escalating charges and to preserve competition amongst operators.
Juniper’s report notes that while regulations and unilateral moves by operators have had the effect of slowing down revenue growth in specific areas of the world, roaming revenue as a whole is still growing with the global airline travel recovering from the poor economic climate.
Other key findings include:
- Roaming data revenue will grow at a CAGR of 21% and will account for an increasing proportion of roaming revenue over the forecast period.
- The proportion of SMS roaming revenue to the global roaming revenue will decline over the forecast period.
And you can get additional information about the report from Juniper’s website.