CMT cuts mobile termination rates

14 Apr 2009

The Spanish telecoms regulator, Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT), has announced that its initial glide path for mobile termination rates, begun in September 2006, has been completed. Under the plans the regulator has overseen the reduction of the fee to a single price of EUR0.07 (USD0.093) per minute for Telefonica Moviles Espana (Movistar), Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana; previously the operators had rates of EUR0.0783, EUR0.0787 and EUR0.0803 respectively. The new rates will apply from 16 April 2009 and will also affect mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that use the networks of the previously noted operators. The sole exception to the new charges is Yoigo, which will maintain its existing EUR0.10 per minute termination charge. It has been excluded from the lower rates as the CMT claims it has higher operating costs than the three other operators.

The new charges will be valid until 16 October 2009, at which point the regulator is expected to announce further reductions. A new glide path is also expected to be unveiled before the end of July this year.