Falling MTRs to lead to lower end-user tariffs in H2

17 Apr 2015

Peruvian telecoms regulator Osiptel is expecting reductions in interconnection rates to lead to a decrease in end user tariff costs of around 10%, El Comercio writes. Osiptel lowered mobile termination rates (MTRs) for Movistar and Claro to PEN0.0176 (USD0.0056) per minute earlier this month, whilst MTRs for Bitel and Entel were set at PEN0.0325 but will drop to PEN0.0201 by the end of December 2017. Consequently, Osiptel president Gonzalo Ruiz Diaz predicted that operators would begin to lower tariffs in the next quarter (i.e. from 1 June 2015): ‘Prices are coming down. I cannot say by how much, but the reduction in interconnection costs, which represent 25% of all costs assumed by operators, coupled with the dynamism of competition, should result in a benefit to the end user from the start of the second half [of 2015].’