PT hits out at MTR plans

22 Jan 2010

Portugal Telecom (PT) has spoken out against plans to cut mobile termination rates (MTRs), claiming that such developments could threaten ongoing investment in next generation networks (NGNs), Reuters reports. Market regulator ANACOM had previously revealed plans to reduce MTRs by almost 50%, while ending inequalities between operators’ rates, in quarterly steps until April 2011. PT, which operates in the mobile market via its wireless arm Telecomunicacoes Moveis Nacionais (TMN), responded with a public statement, saying: ‘This proposal by ANACOM puts investment in new generation mobile networks at serious risk. The destruction of the operators’ investment capacity in the current economic context cannot benefit consumers.’