According to reports, this decision was made despite the Competition Commission finding that MTN and Vodacom had similar rates and admitting that it still had residual concerns about the companies’ high rates between 2004 and 2009.
The Competition Commission’s manager for advocacy and stakeholder relations, Oupa Bodibe stated that the commission completed the investigation at the end of last year, and it decided not to refer the matter to the Competition Tribunal.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Australia based telecom operator, Telstra has lost its five year long legal battle to almost double the rates it charges wholesale customers to access its copper network in city areas. Telstra’s latest appeal to raise wholesale fixed-line access rates in metropolitan areas from A$17 ($15.23) per month to A$30 has been rejected by Australian Competition Tribunal on Tuesday.
Telstra has accepted ACT’s ruling and there are negligible chances of any further legal recourse as ACCC has already published indicative wholesale access prices that are pretty close to what Telstra is advocating.
According to Telstra spokesperson, the ACCC has started industry consultation on how to best determine regulated access pricing and Telstra support this approach and is focused on achieving certainty for Telstra and industry, as quickly as possible, through a resolution of the appropriate costing of our network.
www.WirelessFederation.com/news: Telstra’s latest appeal to set an AUD30 (USD27.1) per month wholesale access charge has been rejected by the Australian Competition Tribunal. Attempt has been made by the telco for more than five years to win the right to charge the fee to wholesale customers who wish to use the company’s copper network to deliver telephony and internet services to customers in metropolitan areas.
Approximately AUD17 a month is paid by the wholesale competitors, currently. Earlier in April 2009, Australian Competition Commission (ACCC) rejected an appeal by Telstra to charge AUD30.
According to Telstra spokesman Craig Middleton, the ACCC has started industry consultation on how to best determine regulated access pricing and it support this approach and is focused on achieving certainty for Telstra and industry, as quickly as possible, through a resolution of the appropriate costing of our network.
South Africa’s Competition Commission has referred a complaint from mobile operator Cell C accusing rival MTN of price discrimination to the Competition Tribunal. Cell C’s complaint is over the interconnection fees charged by MTN for calls from Cell C Community Service Telephones (CSTs). South African operators are required to roll out CST services for collective use in under-served areas and charge lower interconnection rates for the services. According to Cell C, MTN has charged it a commercial interconnection rate while giving rival Vodacom the discounted rate. MTN had objected to the placement of CSTs by Cell C, alleging that Cell C had rolled out CSTs in areas which did not fall within the ambit of under-serviced areas. As a result, MTN is charging Cell C the commercial interconnection rate of ZAR 1.25 per minute during peak periods and ZAR 0.77 per minute during off-peak periods, and not the CST interconnection rate of ZAR 0.06 per minute. The Commission found that the conduct of MTN of charging Cell C the commercial interconnection rate in the same areas that it charges Vodacom CST rates amounts to price discrimination.