Lithuania withdraws plan to raise FTRs

16 Jul 2014

Lithuania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) has decided to withdraw a proposal to raise fixed termination rates (FTRs), following a warning from the European Commission (EC) that it had opened an investigation over the plans, Reuters reports. Earlier this week Brussels warned that the proposal differed substantially from its recommended approach and was not compliant with European Union (EU) telecoms rules. ‘The Commission is particularly concerned that, if the new plan is introduced, fixed call termination rates in Lithuania will remain at a much higher level compared to the other EU Member States,’ a statement said, adding that higher termination rates will ultimately be paid by fixed and mobile phone users in Lithuania and by users calling from other EU countries. Lithuania is now required to submit a revised FTR proposal in the coming months.