Saudi Arabia’s telecoms regulator the Communications and IT Commission (CITC) has slashed the country’s wholesale mobile termination rates (MTRs) to SAR0.15 (USD0.04), down 40% from the SAR0.25 previously charged for terminating calls on mobile networks. In addition, the watchdog announced that fixed termination rates will also be reduced, from SAR0.10 to SAR0.07.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, on 29 September 2014 the CITC published its ‘Regulation of Wholesale Local Voice Call Termination Rates on Mobile Networks (MTR)’ for public consultation, following a benchmark analysis with several countries at regional and international level. The regulator highlighted that as the wholesale price of SAR0.25 for local voice call termination in Saudi Arabia was well above the world’s average of SAR0.08, it had decided to start regulating MTRs in order to promote competition, protect the interest of end-users and encourage the provision of reliable telecoms services. The regulator thus proposed two approaches – Glide Path and Direct Application – for public consideration, inviting interested parties to submit their comments on the topic by 12 November 2014.