Cellcos take regulator to court over interconnection fees

3 Apr 2008

According to a snippet in Thomson Financial, German cellcos T-Mobile (owned by incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom) E-Plus (owned by Dutch concern Royal KPN), UK-backed Vodafone and Telefonica-owned O2 Germany, have filed a lawsuit in the city of Leipzig petitioning that industry regulator Bundesnetsagentur (BNetzA) should not be allowed to set the interconnection charges they collect for receiving calls from other networks. In November 2006, BNetzA introduced fees based on international cost comparisons, resulting in them being lowered by 16%. A year later they were reduced by a further 10%.