As from Wednesday 15 May, Maltese as well as any foreign nationals who are in Malta can make calls from their mobile fines or landlines to 30 other countries in the Euro zone using cheaper tariffs.
This will come into effect as a result of a new EU regulation which was negotiated between EU countries including communication regulation authorities.
The new regulation known as ‘Intra-EU Communications’ will mean that phone calls will not cost more than 19 cents per minute, excluding tax.
Yanika Cassar from the Communications Authority said that this will be contrary to what used to happen before, when communications operators had no limits on the tariffs they could impose on phone calls and SMS texts originating from Malta to other EU countries.
“The maximum rate of a phone call will be charged at 19 cents per minute, excluding tax, and the maximum rate of an SMS will be 6 cents per SMS, excluding tax,” Ms Cassar said.
She explained that the new regulations are different from the roaming regulations which came into effect on June 2017. “The intra EU is from Malta, while the roaming regulations only apply for mobile phones when you are in another EU member state.”
Yanica Cassar said that the Communications Authority will ensure that local operators will offer phone services which conform to this regulation.