Telecoms regulator cuts fixed termination rates by 75%-90% as of Sep 1 [IntelliNews - Weekly Reports]
(IntelliNews - Weekly Reports Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Slovakia's telecommunications regulator TUSR has cut the maximum fixed termination rate (FTR) to EUR 0.001234 per minute as of September 1, 2013, the authority said in a statement. The maximum fees, which one telecommunications operator charges to another for terminating calls on its network, were reduced by 75% at local level, by 83% at single transit and by 90% at double transit. The regulator hopes that the FTR reduction will boost competition on the fixed telecoms market, which will create conditions for lower prices and enhanced services. In 2012, TUSR cut the maximum FTR by 35%.
The FTR reduction is applicable to 13 telecom operators that are considered dominant market players - Slovak Telekom, Orange Slovakia, Antik Telecom, GTS Slovakia, Slovanet, Swan, Trnavatel, UPC Broadband Slovakia, Slovak Railway Communications, Inomanet, IPfon, VM Telecom and DH Telecom.
TUSR has also reduced by 11% to EUR 0.003615 the maximum wholesale rate for call origination on the public fixed network of Slovak Telekom, regardless of type and level of traffic.
TUSR cut the maximum mobile termination rate (MTR) by 67% to EUR 0.01226 per minute as of August 1, 2013, saying that the move would also help reduce the costs of operators that provide fixed-line services.
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