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Serbia reduces roaming fees for Western Balkans countries - govt official

Author Radomir Ralev
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BELGRADE (Serbia), January 2 (SeeNews) - Serbia has reduced the roaming fees for calls within the Western Balkans region by 34% as of January 1, a government official said.

The average price of an outgoing call from Serbia to other countries in the Western Balkans will be 7.1 dinars ($0.07/0.06 euro), of an incoming call -  5.6 dinars and of a short text message - 2.9 dinars, state secretary at Serbia's trade and telecommunications ministry Tatjana Matic said in a government press release on Wednesday. 

The roaming fees were reduced in all Western Balkan countries as of January 1, except for Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina which have decided to keep the lower charges introduced in July last year, Matic said.

In July, the Western Balkans' regional roaming agreement took effect. Consumers in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia saw a substantial reduction of their roaming charges within the region, with calls becoming up to eight times cheaper and costs for data per megabyte (MB) dropping on average from 3 euro ($3.36) to 0.20 euro.

On April 4, the countries of the Western Balkans signed an agreement to abolish roaming charges in 2021.

(1 euro = 117.533 dinars)