Australia - Mobile - National and International Roaming

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Last updated: 9 Aug 2007 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 9

Analyst: Kylie Wansink


Intercarrier roaming allows a customer from a mobile telephone network to access services from another network, using the same handset. With a few exceptions national roaming is non-existent in Australia. This leads to expensive network overbuild, as well as to customer inconvenience and higher prices. While overseas visitors to Australia can roam, Australian users can’t. Apart from the inconvenience, this can also mean that, in an emergency, customers may actually be within reach of another network yet be unable to make contact. International roaming is one of the biggest scams in the industry and is costing users millions of dollars. Without government regulations very little change can be expected.

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