SMS costs lowered

18 Nov 2005

The French telecoms regulator ARCEP has lowered interconnection charges for SMS text messages but has angered the smallest of the country’s three mobile operators. Bouygues Telecom complained that its larger rivals, Orange and SFR, have an unfair advantage because they have much lower per-customer charges and called for the SMS interconnect rate of EUR0.05336 to be cut to EUR0.025. However, ARCEP has decided to lower the rate EUR0.043 per message, with the cut backdated to July. Dow Jones reports that Bouygues says the regulator has bowed to pressure from Orange and SFR and that its decision will hamper the development of the mobile messaging market in France.

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