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The the downward trend of mobile termination rates (MTRs) continues across all geographies; although this is hardly a surprise, it is striking that cost methodologies adopted to regulate MTRs are increasingly similar to one another.


  • Pure or BU-LRIC cost models are common in Europe, where regulators have to comply with the common framework set out in the EC’s Recommendation on Fixed and Mobile Termination Rates.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides an overview of global regulation of mobile termination rates in 2015.
  • Offers recommendations on how regulation of MTRs should evolve in the near future.

Key questions answered

  • How are MTRs regulated across geographies?
  • What should regulators do to regulate mobile termination in the future?

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  • Summary
  • LRIC cost models are increasingly popular across the world
  • Asymmetrical MTRs are now less common, but are not yet a thing of the past
  • SMS termination regulation remains, but the rise of alternatives could lead to changes


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