AEC announces cut in MakTel’s fixed wholesale prices

12 Apr 2012

Macedonia’s national telecoms regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has announced that it is lowering the cost of incumbent operator Makedonski Telekom (MakTel’s) fixed wholesale services for terminating a fixed telephony call, as well as for fixed network and broadband internet access. MIA reports that the cuts in the wholesale charges amount to a 25% drop in the cost of terminating a fixed line call, while the wholesale price for fixed network access will come down by almost 37% and broadband access charges will fall by an average 27%. The government hopes the move will attract new operators to the domestic market and that increased liberalisation will result in more affordable prices for end users.

Commenting on the decision to reduce wholesale access rates, AEC director Robert Ordanoski said: ‘In line with the guidelines provided in Strategy 2012-2016, AEC has significantly reduced wholesale services of Makedonski Telekom, which will contribute to improved conditions for alternative operators, and provide the possibility for the entry of new operators into the electronic communications market in Macedonia.’ The official also confirmed that the AEC is considering a new pricing scheme for mobile telephony services, details of which will be announced shortly.

North Macedonia, Makedonski Telekom (Telekom)