Network operators in the Netherlands have lost their appeal over wholesale fixed and mobile call termination rates in the corporate appeals court, allowing the telecoms regulator, the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM), to go ahead and implement its latest rate determinations on 12 July without changes to new, existing or historical rates. In a long-running dispute, operators argued against the ACM’s usage of the ‘Pure-Bulric’ method of calculating termination rates (as recommended by the European Commission) and instead proposed the ‘Bulric-Plus’ method (which accounts for a wider scope of network operating costs, thereby supporting higher wholesale fees), but the final court decision dismissed their claims.
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