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Commission again requests the German telecoms regulator to lower mobile call rates

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The European Commission has requested the German telecoms regulator (BNetzA) to amend or withdraw its plans which would result in mobile termination rates (MTRs) paid to sipgate Wireless, a new operator on the German market, more than 80% higher than in most other Member States. The Recommendation issued by the Commission is consistent with an earlier investigation into German mobile termination rates, in which the Commission already criticised BNetzA's regulatory approach for the entire mobile sector. Termination rates are the rates telecoms networks charge each other to deliver calls between networks, and each operator has market power over access to customers on its own network. These costs are ultimately included in call prices paid by consumers and businesses.
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