Germany asked to amend FTRs in line with EU rules

22 Jul 2015

Following a three-month investigation, the European Commission (EC) has recommended that the German telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), amend its fixed termination rates (FTRs) in line with the EU recommended approach for the calculation of rates. The FNA proposes to set FTRs for 53 operators at the same rate as it applies for Deutsche Telekom (DT), a rate which has previously been criticised by the EC as being contrary to the EU regulatory framework. If adopted, the new rates of EUR0.0024 (USD0.0026) per minute would be in place retrospectively from 1 December 2014 and until the end of 2016, and would be over 200% higher than the rates in the vast majority of the member states which follow the recommended approach. The EC states that this would mean that German consumers and businesses would pay much more for their fixed telephony services than those just across the border. The FNA has been given one month to withdraw its proposal or to amend it in order to bring it in line with the EU telecom rules.

Germany, Federal Network Agency (FNA)