The European Commission has suspended a proposal by the German Telecoms Regulator (BNetzA) to set fixed termination rates for alternative operators. The termination rates proposed by Germany are three times higher than the average of countries which follow the recommended approach set out in EU telecom rules. Termination rates are the charges telecoms operators charge each other to terminate a call in their respective networks. Each operator has market power over access to customers on its own network. These costs are ultimately passed on to consumers and businesses.