Operators take back control: Vodafone reintroduces EU roaming fees

9 August 2021

Post Brexit, Vodafone has followed EE's lead in reintroducing roaming fees for some mobile packages. We expect Virgin Media O2 and the MVNOs to follow suit, with H3G's approach more uncertain.

This move is somewhat inevitable as current arrangements leave operators exposed to up to €75 of monthly wholesale charges, and even more as legacy EU wholesale deals expire.

We don't envisage a return to the days of super-normal returns from roaming, but it is nonetheless conducive to much-needed price inflation in the sector.

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