Latvia’s PUC to consider introducing MTR cap for all mobile players

24 Oct 2011

Latvia’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is to start a round of consultations with the country’s mobile network operators regarding the introduction of a cap on interconnection rates for all of the market’s players, db.lv reports. At present mobile termination rate (MTR) regulation only applies to Latvia’s three largest cellco’s by subscribers – Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT), Tele2 Latvia and Bite Latvia. The regulator has, however, noted that the introduction of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) has altered the makeup of the mobile market, with Daiga Reihmane, a public relations representative for the PUC noting: ‘There are also mobile virtual operators, who have set excessively high termination rates, thus affecting the conditions of competition in the market.’