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Business Travellers to benefit from lower roaming charges

European business travellers — and the businesses that typically foot the charge for their mobile phone bills — received welcome news in October 2015 when it was announced that data roaming charges within the EU would finally be abolished, following years of negotiations. Although the ban is set to come fully into force from 15th June 2017 onwards, a preliminary cap on charges will take effect from 30th April 2016.

As a result, the interim cap on extra charges will mean that telecoms operators within the EU will be able to add a surcharge of no more than:
• €0.05 (3.5p) extra per minute for calls
• €0.02 (1.4p) extra per SMS text sent
• €0.05 (3.5p) extra per megabyte of data used.  

The effect of the interim period will mean that users’ mobile phones bills within the EU will be 75% lower than at present, before finally falling so that users will be charged the same as they would in their home country by 15th June 2017.  

In addition to the aforementioned point, Key Note’s Business Travel 2016 Market Update evaluates the overall market for business travel to, from and within the UK. This includes a look at the industry’s background, the current market size and performance and the forecast future performance of the market.  

For instance, in terms of performance, Key Note forecasts that the combined value of the inbound, outbound and domestic business travel market in the UK grew by 11.1% between 2010 and 2014. Over the same period, the number of business travel trips grew by 3.3% and the number of bed nights taken for such trips grew by 20.9%.  

The report also includes a political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legislative (PESTEL) analysis of the sector, alongside an evaluation of the market’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT).

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