TeliaSonera starts talks on lower wholesale roaming rates

Friday 12 May 2006 | 15:58 CET | News
TeliaSonera are initiating negotiations with major European mobile operators to bring down end user prices for making mobile calls abroad. The initiative taken by other European operators in the last few days to reduce their wholesale prices has opened the door for TeliaSonera to renegotiate its agreements for international roaming services. These initiatives have been triggered by the European Commission, which has recently taken actions to make the telecom industry more aware of what customers think about prices for using their mobile when they are abroad. "TeliaSonera is firmly of the opinion that lower end-user prices will benefit our long-term business through increased volumes", says Terje Christoffersen, Group Vice President of Marketing, Products and Services, TeliaSonera AB. "We welcome the recent moves on the market towards lower wholesale prices and TeliaSonera will use these efforts to promote lower prices to the customer, as well as increasing trust and satisfaction in international mobile services." Today is the deadline for the European Commissions' consultation period on international roaming. TeliaSonera will indicate its support for a reduction of end-user prices for international roaming within the EU-Member States, and this can best be achieved by addressing the wholesale prices between operators. TeliaSonera is of the opinion that the industry is able and willing to address this matter. Proof of this has already been shown in the last couple of weeks and the operators should be allowed to self- regulate the issue. TeliaSonera urges the European Commission to accept that wholesale prices should be reduced stepwise on a yearly basis in order to allow the industry to adapt itself to the new price levels. TeliaSonera also underlines that if wholesale price regulation is enforced within the EU, according to existing WTO-GATS Agreements, these lower prices would also be available to non European operators - without such operators having an obligation to offer the same price levels back to the European operators. This would result in money flowing out of Europe to the detriment of both the telecom industry and the European economy. This risk would not arise with self-regulation where prices are arrived at through mutual commercial agreements between operators.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: O2 / Orange / Telefonica- Movistar / Telia / T-Mobile
Countries: Scandinavia
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