14/09/2006

Ofcom consulting on extending mobile termination price controls

Ofcom is Consulting on proposals to maintain mobile termination price controls when the current ones expire on March 2007.

Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange termination charges should reduce to 5.3ppm for 2G and 3G networks by 2010/11, while 3 get to charge 6.0ppm also by the same time. These controls will expire in 2011.

Ofcom wants views on how quickly the pricing should be implemented and how the controls should be put in place.

The mobile operators will want current pricing to remain as high as possible for as long as possible with minimal controls, while fixed line operators and others will want termination reduced as quickly as possible with maximum controls.
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