Irish telecoms watchdog ComReg has published new legislation forcing the country’s three established mobile operators – Vodafone Ireland, O2 Ireland and Meteor Mobile – to review their mobile termination charges and justify their fees to the regulator. ComReg has long been worried that operators have been passing on inflated termination charges to their subscribers but has faced stiff resistance from the cellcos in pushing through legislation to amend the charging process. The regulator believes the new rules will result in a fairer deal for Irish mobile users and the operators have been given a transitional period to adjust their prices. ‘ComReg looks forward to working with the mobile operators to ensure that termination rates are cost-orientated,’ said John Doherty, ComReg commissioner. ‘We now believe that in the interim an opportunity exists for the operators to consider further reducing their present rates for the benefit of their customers.’ Recently launched cellco Hutchison 3G Ireland is excluded from the rules after it successfully appealed against ComReg designating it with significant market power (SNP).
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