Regulator calls for lower interconnection fees

30 Oct 2006

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has called on the country’s three mobile network operators – TeliaSonera, DNA Finland and Elisa Mobile – to reduce their mobile interconnection tariffs and for the variation between the charges of each company to be made smaller. ‘The fees are high when compared to the cost required to produce the service,’ the watchdog said in a press release. ‘Mobile telecoms traffic is growing [and] accordingly unit prices should be going down.’ At present the smallest operator, DNA, charges the highest fees and TeliaSonera, the largest cellco, charges the lowest.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in June 2006 TeliaSonera and Elisa reached an agreement concerning new mobile interconnection fees. From 1 January 2007, TeliaSonera will collect mobile interconnection fees of 6.6 cents per minute (down from 6.8 cents/min). Meanwhile, the interconnection tariff of Elisa’s mobile networks will be reduced to 7.25 cents/min (from 8.4 cents/min). Elisa also confirmed that its MVNO subsidiary Saunalahti had reduced its interconnection fee in line with its parent, down to 8.4 cents/min (previously 11 cents/min), effective from 1 June.

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