Irish cellular operators Vodafone, O2 and Meteor have voluntarily agreed to cut their mobile termination rates (MTRs) over the next five years, promising to reduce them to EUR0.0799 (USD0.1076) by 1 January 2012. The new agreement comes after the telecoms regulator ComReg imposed price control obligations on the three operators in 2005. MTRs are the wholesale rates which fixed and mobile operators charge each other for calls terminating on their subscribers’ phone lines. O2 and Vodafone intend to cut their rates by around 3.5% per annum over the next five years, while Meteor will drop its MTR charges by 5% from 1 January 2008 and 2009, followed by cuts of 6.5%, 10.5% and 13% at the start of each of the subsequent years in the agreed period. According to ElectricNews, the watchdog has welcomed the news but says it reserves the right to step in should the country’s benchmark MTR rates move too far out of line with other rates in the EU in future.
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