EC approves ANC’s move to lower termination rates

9 Mar 2009

The European Commission’s competition commission has welcomed the lowering of mobile termination rates in Romania, though it has called on the country’s telecoms regulator – the ANC – to ensure that the same rates are applied to the four largest domestic cellular operators as soon as possible. The ANC announced in January that it would regulate the wholesale market for voice call termination, with maximum average termination rate of EUR0.0503 per minute being imposed on market leaders Orange and Vodafone. The rates for the third and fourth-placed cellcos, Cosmote and Zapp/Telemobil, would be brought into line with those of their larger rivals by July 2010, while the smallest of the country’s five operators, RCS&RDS, would have a marginally higher rate applied. ‘This step in reducing mobile termination rates under the EU telecoms rules is encouraging news for Romanian consumers,’ said Viviane Reding, the EU Telecoms Commissioner. ‘I am confident that the Romanian regulator’s commitment to align the regulation of mobile termination rates with the forthcoming Commission Recommendation will further strengthen this development,’ she added.