Competition watchdog favours lower termination rates for MVNOS, paper says

12 Dec 2011

The French competition authority has lined up behind national regulator Arcep in supporting its proposal for lower voice call termination rates for new mobile start-up Free Mobile and other full mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) than for the three incumbent cellcos, Telecompaper writes. Unconfirmed reports suggest the authority prefers ex-ante regulation in the case of the Iliad group’s would-be newcomer Free Mobile, as well as for MVNOs Lycamobile, Omea Telecom and NRJ Mobile. The paper says the competition authority has stressed the need to strive for an ongoing reduction in mobile termination rates, including setting asymmetric rates in instances it deems will address ‘competitive distortions’ in the market.

France, Arcep