Regulator orders cellcos to cut inbound rates

9 Nov 2006

German regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, has ordered three of Germany’s cellcos to cut their charges for connecting calls from fixed lines to mobiles after it received complaints that it cost far more to reach a mobile from a landline than vice-versa. T-Mobile, a division of the incumbent Deutsche Telekom (DT), must charge fixed line providers no more than EUR0.088 (USD0.112) for access, while KPN’s German unit E-Plus and Telefónica’s O2 must charge no more than EUR0.099 (USD0.127). The order applies for twelve months. No decision has been reached yet on the charges that can be levied by Germany’s number two cellco, Vodafone.