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Introduction

The European Commission has consulted on possible changes to the regulation of mobile termination rates (MTRs). Based on the responses, it is unlikely to see a radical overhaul of the rules. However, MTRs could be harmonized across the EU.

Highlights

  • On the other hand, the impact of lower MTRs on retail rates continues to be visible in emerging markets (particularly in Latin America), where regulators have made effort to reduce high rates and tend to have more hands-on regulation at the retail level.

Features and Benefits

  • This report analyzes the EC's current regulation of MTRs and the responses to its recent consultation on possible changes.
  • It assesses the impact of call termination regulations on retail prices over time and across different geographies.

Key questions answered

  • How is the EC looking to change the regulation of MTRs?
  • What has been the impact of regulated MTRs on retail prices in recent years?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Stakeholders believe MTRs should continue to be regulated
  • The EC’s 2009 Recommendation has guaranteed widespread use of an LRIC model and significantly reduced MTRs
  • Assessing the impact of reduced MTRs on retail prices is increasingly difficult
  • The discussion on future charging principles has made little progress in Europe

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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