Dutch regulator beats operators in termination tussle

11 Jul 2017

Network operators in the Netherlands have lost their appeal over wholesale fixed and mobile call termination rates in the corporate appeals court, allowing the telecoms regulator, the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM), to go ahead and implement its latest rate determinations on 12 July without changes to new, existing or historical rates. In a long-running dispute, operators argued against the ACM’s usage of the ‘Pure-Bulric’ method of calculating termination rates (as recommended by the European Commission) and instead proposed the ‘Bulric-Plus’ method (which accounts for a wider scope of network operating costs, thereby supporting higher wholesale fees), but the final court decision dismissed their claims.