meeting of Study Group 3 saw an agreement that may lead to lower international mobile
follows a successful initiative in the 1990’s to lower the – then – high cost
of international fixed line telephone calls.
research has found that in some cases mobile termination charges can be five to
ten times more than fixed termination charge. Termination charges happen when
calls are terminated in a network other than that from which they have
as many as 75 per cent of all calls now involve the mobile network in some way
SG 3 has decided to investigate how to lower these costs and make mobile
telephony more affordable.
Group will send a questionnaire to members and following analysis of the
responses it will develop targets aimed at bringing down the cost of mobile
initiative for fixed-line telephony is thought to have significantly reduced
costs to consumers. Although some lowering of call costs can be shown to have
been due to competition and market conditions, call costs were also seen to
drop in areas where there was no competition, indicating that the ITU
initiative had worked.
news from SG 3’s last meeting it was announced that an alternative has been
agreed to the 140 year old practice of allowing the calling party’s service
provider to invoice the call terminator for call termination services. The
practice has led to many disputes and there have been calls to review the
meeting agreed to a new model that – it is felt – will be less problematic. Now
the call terminator can bill directly for the minutes used by the service
provider sending the calls.