5/15/2007 6:19:00 PM
Ofcom proposes solution for call rate dispute
Regulatory body Ofcom has issued draft determinations following a dispute between BT and the networks over operators' demands for higher call termination rates for 3G networks. The first draft determination hopes to resolve a dispute between BT and T-Mobile over the charges for wholesale mobile call termination rates on T-Mobile.
Ofcom has proposed that BT must pay T-Mobile a certain amount of pence per minute for traffic received by T-Mobile from BT. The amount in pence is confidential but it is believed that the amount varies depending on what time the traffic is received.
Ofcom will be consulting on its proposals until 5pm on 24 May. The case was opened on 9 February this year.
O2 has also been involved with the issue. It has voiced concerns about the prices BT pays mobile operators for terminating voice calls on their networks. Both T-Mobile and O2 have argued that higher termination rates indicate more calls are being terminated on 3G rather than 2G networks.