Mobile Termination Rate Update 2015 Now Available


Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG) announces the release of its newest report, Mobile Termination Rate Update 2015. The report features mobile termination rate (MTR) information for 126 economies worldwide as well as MTR profiles beginning in 2008 for 30 economies around the world. The report is an update to TMG’s four prior highly acclaimed mobile termination rate reports.

The new report finds that in the 121 economies with MTRs the average global MTR was 3.6 U.S. cents in 2014, as compared to 6.1 U.S. cents in 2011 and 8.4 U.S. cents in 2009, or an average decrease of approximately 1 U.S. cent per year over that period. Between 2013 and 2014, the average global MTR decreased 0.7 U.S. cents. Analyzing the markets for which 10-year historical data is available, TMG finds that MTRs have declined by 81 percent since 2005. MTRs have continued to fall at a pace that is in line with TMG’s previous forecasts, and TMG believes that MTRs will continue to drop as a result of ongoing regulatory interventions that seek to align interconnection rates with costs, although these changes will differ in magnitude among the world’s regions. In addition, we continue to see the European Commission closely monitoring MTRs and pursuing changes where it believes that a Member State is not in line with the European regulatory framework.

There continues to be great divergence in MTRs between regions of the world. The Americas region, for example, has the highest average MTRs, at 5.7 U.S. cents per minute, or more than twice the 2.2 U.S. cents per minute average in Europe. TMG’s research found that average MTR in Sub-Saharan Africa was slightly higher than the global average, while the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions were lower than average. Similarly, there can be large differences between countries within a region. For example, in the Asia-Pacific region, MTRs range from 0.2 US cents to 10.2 US cents per minute. The report facilitates wholesale mobile interconnection rate benchmarking between countries by including MTRs in both U.S. dollars and purchasing power parity prices (which adjusts for differences in the level of income between nations). The report also identifies which countries do not use MTRs.

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