RCS&RDS criticises Ancom's decision to maintain termination rates

Thursday 12 October 2017 | 17:45 CET | News

Romanian operator RCS&RDS is criticising telecommunications authority Ancom's decision to keep termination rates unchanged. The operator claimed Ancom acted against the interest of millions of mobile telephony end-users by denying them access to smaller tariffs.

RCS&RDS said Ancom continues to keep the old interconnection tariffs even though they were calculated on the basis of the information available for the year 2010 – 2012 concerning the operators' costs. It also said Ancom postpones the update of the analysis concerning operators' costs which should be taken into consideration when interconnection tariffs will be reduced.

RCS&RDS said Ancom publicly declared that "it intends to include the revision of the pure LRIC model in its 2018 action plan". Ancom also says that “it's hard to assume that an update of the cost model can lead to a substantially lower termination rate than the one currently in force."

Ancom did not follow a recommendation coming from Romania's Competition Council to initiate "as soon as possible" the procedures for the revision of the calculation model for interconnection tariffs in fixed and mobile telephony instead of proposing the freezing of these tariffs at the 2014 level.

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