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Over 200% increase in mobile phone usage by Irish citizens travelling abroad – Hayes

Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Sunday) said that since the EU abolished roaming charges last year mobile phone usage by Irish citizens travelling in the EU increased by over 200%. The Dublin MEP was speaking following a publication by the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications (BEREC) which found that in the period July to September 2017 data usage by Irish citizens travelling in the EU increased by 218%.

“The recently published figures by BEREC clearly shows that the abolition of roaming charges across the EU has been a success. Irish citizens are taking full advantage of the new “Roam Like at Home” rules, which came into force on June 15th last year. In the period April to June 2017, Irish citizens used 390,000GB of data while travelling in the EU. From July to September this figure dramatically increased to 1.24 million gigabytes. An increase of 218%.”

“The increased usage is not only data related. The number of SMS messages sent increased from 12.84 million in the 2nd quarter to 23.87 million in the 3rd quarter – an increase of 85%. The number of minutes spent on the phone also increased from 20.8 million minutes to 45.8 million minutes – an increase of 120%.”

 

 

Qtr 2

April – June 2017

Qtr 3

July – September 2017

% Increase

Outgoing Calls (Minutes)

20.8 Million

45.82 Million

120%

SMS

12.84 Million

23.87 Million

85%

Data (GB)

390,000

1.24 Million

218%

“The abolition of roaming charges is a great example of how the EU can benefit the everyday lives of its 500 million citizens. Too often it is criticised. I have no doubt that we will continue to see an increase in mobile phone usage this year. Roam Like at Home has been a great success story for the EU,” concluded MEP Hayes

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