ACCC gets set to slash mobile charge

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has forged ahead with plans to drop the current rate that mobile companies pay to connect calls between mobile networks, despite calls from Optus and Vodafone to maintain the status quo.

The ACCC regulates the price that telcos charge one another for fixed line and mobile calls that are made over each other’s networks, known as the domestic mobile terminating access service (MTAS). The charge is incurred against the telco of the user originating the call. It first became a declared service in 2004 and the price was set at 21 cents per minute, but has been reduced over time to the current rate of 9 cents per minute.

Following a review that commenced in June, the competition watchdog has today announced its draft determination: the cost will be dropped from 9 cents per minute to 6 cents per minute from 1 January 2012, and will drop again on 1 January 2014 to 3.6 cents per minute — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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