Insights Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) publishes Intra-EU communications BEREC Benchmark Report, April 2021 to March 2022

The Report presents the results of the 3rd data collection on Intra-EU communications by BEREC that took place after implementation of the BEREC Regulation (2018/1971/EU), amending the Open Internet Regulation (2015/2120/EU).

The Report covers the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, split into two periods: 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021 and 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 (i.e. the second, third and fourth quarters of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022). The figures presented in the report are based on data collected from national regulatory authorities (NRAs) on Intra-EU communications. The questionnaire was sent to the NRAs on 23 March 2022. It included separate sheets for mobile and fixed networks and had to be completed by both mobile and fixed operators. Only mobile and fixed operators meeting the reporting threshold of at least 0.5% market share were invited to provide their data.

Findings include:

  • consumption patterns: the introduction of the BEREC Regulation has not changed the international communication market substantially;
  • regulated and alternative tariffs: around 6.6% of fixed networks subscribers in Q2 and Q3 2021 used international communication services with a regulated tariff, i.e. a price cap, and 6.18% in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022; fixed alternative tariff plans, including regulated international communications, were not so popular; as for mobile networks, subscribers were more active using regulated tariffs; and
  • revenues per unit: in terms of revenues from international communications services with regulated tariffs, the average revenues from fixed networks were approximately 0.03 EUR/min (excluding VAT) for the whole period under analysis; average revenues from fixed international communications services with alternative tariffs were 0.06 EUR/min in Q2 and Q3 2021 and 0.08 EUR/min in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022; however, it should be noted that only a few EU operators offer such alternative plans for fixed network regulated international communications; as for mobile, revenues from both regulated and alternative tariffs amounted to 0.06 EUR/min for the whole period.

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