MTR

EC urges German regulator to lower mobile tariffs for the fifth time

The European Commission (EC) has asked the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetza) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs), saying it is the fifth time it has had to intervene in the regulator’s pricing model. This comes as BNetza proposed MTRs for Sipgate Wireless 80% higher than in most EU countries. […]

EC asks German regulator to lower mobile termination rates

The European Commission has asked Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), to amend or withdraw its plans to make mobile termination rates (MTR) for operators in the country more than 80 per cent higher than most other EU member states.

Polish regulator imposes MTR cuts

Polish telecoms regulator UKE has announced plans to slash mobile termination rates (MTR) for operators in the country, in line with directives from the European Commission. T-Mobile Poland, Orange Poland and Polkomtel will have their MTR rates cut by 33 per cent at the beginning of 2013, from 0. 1223 zlotys ($0.04) per minute to 0.0826 zlotys per minute.

UK termination rates to be slashed by 2014

The UK Competition Commission has brought forward the deadline for when mobile operators will be forced to slash mobile termination rates (MTRs) for connecting calls from other networks or fixed lines. UK regulator Ofcom said in March 2011 that MTRs should be cut from just over 4p a minute in 2010 to less than 0.65p a minute by 2015. Operators Everything Everywhere and Vodafone lodged an appeal with the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) against this decision that, with support from Telefonica.

Mobile rate cuts to raise prices elsewhere

The European operator community has stepped up its attack on the European Commission’s proposals to cut mobile termination charges. The results of an operator sponsored report are out and they make uncomfortable reading for low and medium users of mobile services in Europe. In June, EU telecoms minister Viviane Reding proposed to bring mobile phone […]

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