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Friday, May 8, 2009

EC publishes termination rate guide for European phone networks

The European Commission has published guidance to help the EU’s telecoms regulators (Ofcom in the UK) calculate the wholesale termination rates charged when mobile and fixed-line operators connect calls from another network. Although the guidelines aren’t mandatory, regulators are obliged to take the "utmost account" of them. The EC says national termination rates should only be based on the actual costs, calculating that the removal of artificial price differences could save customers at least €2 billion in the next three years. It points out that mobile termination rates are around 10 times higher than fixed-line termination rates, giving larger mobile networks an indirect subsidy to the detriment of smaller and fixed-line operators. [Press release; FAQ; press conference; UK charges]

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5/10/2009 11:41 AM

The European Telecommunications Network Operators Association isn't happy with the EC's action: www.etno.be/Default.aspx?tabid=2150

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