Romanian telecommunications authority Ancom announced that starting from 1 January 2018, the data volume (MB/GB) that can be consumed while roaming in the EU/SEE without having to pay any surcharges will increase for most tariff plans following the decrease in the regulated wholesale tariff, according Telecompaper. The surcharges for over-the-limit use of roaming services in the EU/EEA (fair usage policy or FUP limits) were also reduced, Ancom said. The data surcharge for was reduced to EUR 6 per GB from EUR 7.7 per GB from 1 January 2018 and the surcharge for calls received decreases by 16 percent from EUR 1.08 to EUR 0.91 per minute from 3 January 2018.
The authority also said it established two categories of charging end-users who roam in EU/SSE without passing their data limit. End-users of open data bundles (prepaid cards, subscriptions, add-ons) and tariff plans for which the per-GB tariff is less than EUR 6 (VAT not included) can consume the following data roaming volume in GB in the SEE with no surcharges: two times the retail price for mobile services per billing period (VAT not included) divided by EUR 6.
End-users of prepaid cards without a data allowance (pay per unit or per MB/GB) can consume a data roaming volume in GB in the SEE with no surcharges calculated as follows: the amount of remaining pre-paid credit at entry in EU/SEE roaming divided by EUR 6. In this scenario, the FUP limit goes down while the end-users pay as they go.