Moldtelecom calls for termination rate reduction

13 Sep 2010

Moldovan state-owned telecoms operator Moldtelecom has submitted a request to the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) to cut the termination rate for fixed to mobile calls by around 40% from 1 October. The telco said in a press release that it is looking to cut the interconnection rate from USD0.07 per minute excluding VAT to USD0.04; the reduction may be approved if the country’s wireless operators support the proposed rate cut. Moldtelecom, which operated 97.5% of Moldova’s fixed lines in service at the end of 2009, is also proposing to proportionally reduce termination rates to the fixed line network from USD0.0319 to USD0.018 per minute. At the same time, the company has proposed the introduction of a new tariff for both residential and business end users of MDL1.50 (USD0.12) excluding VAT for calls from its fixed line network to mobile operators as of 1 October. Residential and business users are currently charged MDL2.08 and MDL2.50 per minute for calls from Moldtelecom to mobile networks. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Moldova is currently home to three active cellcos: France Telecom’s Orange Moldova; Moldcell, which is owned by Finland’s Fintur Holdings (99%), a joint venture between TeliaSonera and Turkcell, and Mold Fintur (1%); and Moldtelecom, which provides both mobile CDMA2000 1x and W-CDMA/HSDPA services.