Services & features
Data Safeguarding is a real-time service designed to protect consumers from bill shock whilst roaming.
In the UK since 2022, the Ofcom regulation recommends MNOs and MVNOs to set consumers’ price caps on data roaming use. The consumers must consent via SMS to exceed the threshold limit.
At Transatel, we have implemented a default first price limit of £45 per monthly calendar period (based on the wholesale price and excluding VAT).
See more information from Ofcom here.
The Data Safeguarding service functions as follows:
· Transatel notifies the subscriber by SMS when they have used 80% of the limit
· Transatel notifies the subscriber by SMS when they have used 100% of the limit and bar all roaming data in the zones covered by the Data Safeguarding Solution
· The Subscriber must reply “OK DATA” in order to remove data barring and accept further roaming costs.
Transatel allows the MVNO to manage the Data Safeguarding service via the web portal or OCS-API. These interfaces enable the Service Provider to verify the status of the service and if the limit has been reached, as well as opt-out on behalf of the subscriber temporarily or permanently.
Depending on the configuration set by the MVNO on the subscriber’s line, the following settings are available:
· Suspend Temporarily: when the subscribers consume £45 of data whilst roaming, they will be suspended temporarily until the next calendar month.
· Cancel Permanently: the Data Safeguarding service will not apply to this line forever. i.e. they will never be notified or blocked by the service, nor need to reply “OK data”.
· Subscribe to the option: when a subscriber is cancelled permanently, they can request to reactivate Data Safeguarding.