Significant reductions in mobile voice call termination rates

On 10 August 2015, FICORA has issued decisions concerning significant market power in the mobile voice call termination markets to DNA Oy, Elisa Oyj, TeliaSonera Finland Oyj and Ålands Telekommunikation Ab. Along with the decisions, the MTRs in mobile networks will drop by a third in December.

Through its decisions, FICORA tightens the regulation of mobile operators' MTRs. FICORA has, for the first time, set a cost-oriented maximum price for MTRs. "The set maximum price means that MTRs between operators will drop at the beginning of December by a third, from the current price 1.87 cents to 1.25 cents per minute", specifies FICORA's Director-General Asta Sihvonen-Punkka. Lower MTRs promote competition between operators and enable affordable mobile call prices in Finland in the future, too.

The European Commission required FICORA to apply even stricter regulation. However, Finnish legislation does not enable this regulation. "Although the prices do not drop to the level required by the Commission, we consider the reduction of the prices to be significant and the future price reasonable", states Director-General Asta Sihvonen-Punkka.

FICORA's decisions (in Finnish)

Further information:

Marja Lehtimäki, Deputy Director, tel. +358 295 390 515

Annina Lehtonen, Communications Market Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 636

MTR is a fee telecommunications operators pay to other operators for calls made from their own networks to competing networks. Mobile termination between telecommunications operators is a requirement for communications between subscribers of two different operators. It is important that MTRs are reasonable so that all telecommunications operators and users would have access to communications networks and services, and that competitive conditions would be equal to all.

Key words: Telephone, Significant market power, Decisions, News

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