International roaming charges for travellers moving between Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are set to be gradually reduced following the implementation of Decision 854 of the Andean Community (Comunidad Andina, CAN) this week. Under the terms of the agreement, from 1 January 2022 operators must not charge additional fees for roaming between the bloc’s member states, and must apply the same tariff conditions that apply in the user’s home state for local outgoing calls, SMS and data. In the interim, the decision establishes price ceilings for retail and wholesale international roaming services. Wholesale fees for mobile data were set at USD0.0039 per MB until 31 December 2020, and USD0.0033 per MB from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, whilst wholesale incoming mobile voice service must be charged at cost.
Commenting on the development, Jose Aguilar, General Director of Policies and Regulation at Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) praised the move, noting: ‘It means that it will allow an average reduction of 60% and 80%, until in two years the concept of international calling will end.’ The official went on: ‘It is very important that the CAN decision comes into force because it is in line with practices applied in other regions such as the EU and Mercosur.’