5/20/2009 11:54:00 AM
Ofcom publishes termination rates review
Ofcom has published a review of mobile termination rates that examines the way charges will continue to be controlled over the next six years.
The review was been carried out in anticipation of the control on rates falling annually – originally set in 2007 – coming to an end in 2011.
The telecoms regulator will be examining how to extend the practice until 2015 through consultation on six different options for networks.
Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, said: ‘The role of termination rates in mobile services has attracted enormous controversy. That is why we are determined to examine them from first principles.
He added: ‘This consultation gives consumers and industry an opportunity to debate the fundamental questions.’
Termination rates are the wholesale charges between networks for connecting and disconnecting calls.