Arcep calls for 30% cut in mobile wholesale charges

24 Oct 2008

The Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) says it is looking for mobile operators to reduce their mobile termination rates by around 30%, Reuters reports. The announcement comes after the launch of a public consultation on the matter at the start of September. In a statement the French telecoms regulator said it was actively seeking comment vis a vis new ceiling rates for wholesale per-minute fees imposed on the three incumbent cellcos – Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom – covering the period 1 July 2009 through 31 December 2009. Arcep is proposing to cut Orange and SFR’s rate to EUR0.045 from the current EUR0.065, a drop of almost 31%, while Bouygues faces a close to 30% cut from EUR0.085 to EUR0.060.

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