Thursday, 22 March 2012

Presentation at Telecom Reform Conference 2012

I presented at the Telecom Reform Conference in Copenhagen. Good conference. The 1969 reference in the disclaimer is to Bill Melody's presentation at the OECD on the Carterfone decision. Bill Melody was also one of the organizers of this conference. BTW 1969 is way before I was born. Nice little anecdote, in 1969 liberalisation wasn't even an acceptable topic to the US delegation to the OECD. We've come a long way since then.

(Just noticed that the nice graphs I had on Roaming and MTR's didn't get included in the Google Docs version. If you have a solution, please mail me. If you want to see them, look here (roaming) and here (MTR)

Thursday, 1 March 2012

OECD report on "Developments in Mobile Termination"

As part of the OECD’s ongoing work to stimulate competition and innovation in mobile phone markets (see here for most recent news release on mobile roaming), this new working paper aims to contribute to the current debate among regulators in OECD countries who are reducing or considering the phasing out of the fees telecommunication network operators pay for delivering telephone calls to mobile wireless providers, known as mobile termination rates (MTRs).  This is because mobile operators have a monopoly over the termination of calls on their networks.

While it finds that rates have decreased across the OECD by 53% between 2006 and 2011, from USD 0.1406 in 2006 to USD 0.0650 per minute, there is still much divergence between countries. Rates are at zero in Canada and vary from the lowest (the United States (USD 0.0007/min), Israel  and Turkey (USD 0.0203/min) to the highest, including Estonia (USD 0.142/min) and Chile (USD 0.165/min).

The complexity and difference in the way that operators charge fees makes it difficult to draw a link between rates charged and prices paid by users for voice calls in different countries. But cutting rates to zero would strengthen competition in voice and other services, says the report. It could also speed up the introduction of innovative new VoIP services and encourage providers to offer a range of tariff models to meet the needs of their users, free from prices reflecting monopoly power on the networks of others.

Developments in Mobile Termination is available at
All the data in an excel file is available here:

The author Rudolf van der Berg is also available to answer any questions at +(33) 1 45 24 93 67, (+33) 6 58 15 85 08, or