6/28/2010 4:45:00 PM
Terminate the Rate campaign gains 40,000 supporters
The 'Terminate the Rate' campaign spearheaded by 3 and BT has had over 40,000 responses since Ofcom started a consultation over mobile termination rates (MTRs).
Ofcom launched a consultation in May 2009 into the fees paid by operators to connect calls to mobiles. The consultation will close this week.
Consumers pay around 4.3p a minute when calling a mobile phone from a landline or a mobile on a different network.
In the latest stage of consultation, Ofcom recommended that MTRs should be reduced to 0.5p over the next four years.
The campaign is supported by more than 65 organisations, with businesses such as BT and 3 UK backing the bid to cut MTR rates.
Charities and local government organisations have also joined the campaign. 262 MPs signed an early day motion over a number of months that was due to be presented to the House of Commons at the end of last year. More than 150,000 individuals have also signed a petition calling on Ofcom to reduce MTRs.
BT retail consumer managing director, John Petter said: ‘We believe that this is one of the largest responses ever seen to an Ofcom telecoms consultation and it shows that Ofcom is on the side of consumers with its recommendation to reduce mobile termination rates.
‘There are some who are still arguing to keep MTRs high out of narrow self-interest, but the breadth and weight of support that Ofcom has seen for its position must now hasten the end of the UK’s high mobile termination rate regime.’
Kevin Russell, 3 chief executive, said: ‘Ofcom’s proposal gives a clear direction that will open up competition and deliver far better value for all consumers. The Terminate the Rate campaign has demonstrated the breadth of the support for change and that action is long overdue.’