WHAT: Syniverse reveals data that shows a significant increase in intra-E.U. roaming traffic following the introduction of 'roam like home' regulation, which came into effect on 15 June 2017 in the EU's 28 nation states.
Syniverse data shows the following increases during the months of July, August and September 2017 compared to the same period in 2016:
* 308 percent increase in mobile data volumes
* 95 percent increase in mobile voice calls
* 34 percent increase in SMS messages sent
Syniverse sees this aggregated data thanks to its working relationships with more than 1,000 mobile network operators worldwide.
WHY: The current earnings season is the first in which European telecom operators will report revenues that do not include revenue from EU subscriber roaming fees, which under the regulations have been abolished. Industry watchers expect that operators will report noticeably lower revenue in this quarter's earnings, as they are now unable to charge roaming fees to EU subscribers when they roam within the EU.
WHO: Mary Clark is Chief Corporate Relations Officer and Chief of Staff at Syniverse, and an industry expert on mobile roaming.