NBTC approves draft fixed, mobile interconnection rates

21 Mar 2014

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved a draft of new reference wholesale voice interconnection rates for fixed and mobile networks, The Nation reports, adding that the rates are applicable to all operators unless they reach a mutual commercial agreement among themselves. Under the NBTC’s decision, in July this year the reference termination rate on all domestic fixed and mobile networks will be set at THB0.45 (USD0.01388) per minute (the same rate which currently applies to mobile network termination under an interim rate announced last May), before dropping to THB0.34 in 2015. Also, the regulator has approved a new draft transit interconnection rate (the fee paid by a caller’s phone company to a network routing calls to a third telecom provider) applicable to all fixed and mobile operators, set at THB0.16 per minute for the next two years. The NBTC is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the draft rate on 10 April. The report notes that the new uniform fixed/mobile interconnection rates could have the knock-on effect of prompting fixed line operators to change their standard fixed-to-fixed call rates from the present flat THB3 per call to all fixed networks.