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Roaming losses to surpass $2B over 5 years: research

This problem of misidentifying roaming data will only be exacerbated by the rising number of 5G subscribers roaming globally


Roaming losses to surpass $2B over 5 years: research. Source:

According to Juniper Research, operators will lose around $484 million in roaming revenue from the misidentification of roaming data traffic in 2021.

These losses are expected to rise to $2.1 billion by 2026, representing an absolute growth of 331%. The report found that the inability to distinguish between 4G and 5G data traffic using current standards will result in greater losses as the travel industry returns to pre-COVID levels and 5G adoption increases.

In response, the new research cited the support by operators for the billing & Charging Evolution protocol as being a key strategy to minimise the extent of revenue leakage.

BCE is an end-to-end industry-wide standard defined by the GSMA that introduces new capabilities that identify roaming data traffic over different network technologies.

Besides, the report forecasts that there will be over 200 million 5G roaming connections by 2026, rising from 5 million in 2021. This growth is driven by increasing 5G adoption and a return to pre-pandemic levels of international travel.

By combining BCE with AI-enabled roaming analytics suites, operators will be ideally positioned to deal with the rise in roaming data. Separating roaming traffic by network connectivity is essential to allow operators to charge roaming partners based on latency and download speed, and maximise overall 5G roaming revenue
Scarlett Woodford, research author 

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