Three main cellcos agree on mobile interconnection glide path

17 Apr 2009

Ireland’s three largest mobile phone operators, Vodafone, O2 and Meteor, have agreed to reduce mobile termination rates (MTRs) by 47% over three years to EUR0.05 (USD0.066), reports the Irish Times. From 1 April 2010 Vodafone and O2’s MTRs will fall to EUR0.078 while Meteor’s will drop to EUR0.094, and the trio will further reduce network interconnection tariffs in stages, with Vodafone and O2’s MTRs falling to EUR0.05 on 1 April 2012 and Meteor’s MTRs hitting that rate on 1 October 2012. Regulator ComReg expects the operators to pass on some of the wholesale savings to end-users. However, Ronan Lupton, chairman of alternative telco association Alto, pointed out that the MTR of EUR0.05 falls below the European Commission target rate of EUR0.034.

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