ACCC investigates cost reduction for mobile terminating access services

Updated network and cost model expected on 1 July

Motions are underway for the development of an updated network and cost model for the supply of Mobile Terminating Access Services (MTAS) in Australia, which is expected to come into effect 1 July this year.

The model governs the costs involved in how providers of fixed-line and mobile services allow their customers to call mobile subscribers. The 1 July 2007 update is expected to reign until 30 June 2009, replacing ACCC's current MTAS Pricing Principles Determination, which has been in effect since 1 July 2004.

Currently, cost is shared between the carrier supplying the outbound call and the mobile carrier receiving the call, where the outbound carrier pays the recipient carrier a regulated price for the mobile termination access service.

In accordance with the 2004 MTAS Pricing Principles Determination, the ACCC-regulated price was adjusted in stages from 21 cents per minute in the last half of 2004 to 18 cents per minute from January 2005, 15 cents per minute from January 2006, and finally, the benchmarked target price of 12 cents per minute from January 2007.

As the 12 cent per minute pricing was initially introduced as an upper limit estimate, ACCC is now considering a reduction in price in accordance with a "bottom-up" economic approach being developed for the Australian market by international consultants, WIK-Consult, who were engaged by the ACCC for this purpose in June 2006.

The four incumbent mobile network operators, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Hutchison, will be among those who will be affected by the new model, which ACCC Commissioner Ed Willett expects will promote competition in the mobile carrier market.

The ACCC is now calling for submissions from interested parties on issues raised by a discussion paper released last week. Submissions are due by Friday 16 March 2007.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Liz Tay

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?