PT plans lawsuit over termination rates

7 Jul 2008

Portugal Telecom (PT) has announced that it is planning legal action against telecoms regulator Anacom for setting what it believes to be unfair terms for wholesale mobile call termination pricing. ‘PT believes that the terms … are illegal and disproportionate,’ the telco said in a statement. It goes on to cite what it calls ‘the asymmetry in favour of the operator Optimus’. Anacom recently ruled that calls to the network of PT’s mobile subsidiary TMN and the country’s second largest cellco Vodafone will face a termination charge of EUR0.08 (USD0.125) , while calls to the network of rival operator Optimus will have a EUR0.096 charge. The regulator says termination rates for all three companies will be lowered gradually until October next year, at which time all cellcos will have a termination charge of EUR0.065, Thomson Financial reports.