ART publishes guidelines regarding the interconnection conditions of mobile operators with significant market power

7 June 2001

<font size="3"><em>Autorité de régulation des télécommunications </em></font><font size="3">(ART) has published today guidelines regarding the pricing of the interconnection fees and in particular the termination charges billed by mobile operators with significant market power (SMP) on the national interconnection market.</font>

<font size="3">This document was built in consultation with sector players, and in particular mobile operators. ART also consulted all the other members of the Interconnection Committee.</font>

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    <font size="3"><li><b>Setting the rules and explaining the conditions of applying the legal framework</b></li></font>


<font size="3">The purpose of these guidelines is to:</font>

<font size="3">- Determine the rules to be applied to SMP mobile operators as far as cost orientation of their termination charge is concerned. ART has declared two mobile operators with significant market power in 2000 and 2001, that is France Télécom Mobiles and SFR. </font>

<font size="3">- Put in place a system for regularly examining the accounts of these SMP mobile operators in order to obtain objective elements allowing ART to evaluate the economy of the mobile sector and the degree of respect of European directives, which state that interconnection fees must be cost oriented for these operators. </font>

<font size="3">- The mobile termination charge is the main component of the retail price of fixed-to-mobile calls. </font>

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    <font size="3"><li><b>The goal: a controlled decrease in the price of incoming calls</b></li></font>


<font size="3">Besides the explanation of the conditions of application of the legal framework, ART has two other goals in publishing its guidelines:</font>

<font size="3">- to ensure that, following the two price decreases by 20% for incoming calls in 1999 and 2000, in accordance with ART decisions, the interconnection charge filled SMP operators mobile does indeed reflect changes in costs ; </font>

<font size="3">- to provide ART, through a detailled review, with the means of verifying that costs are justified for the mobile operator's interconnection charge. </font>

<font size="3">- These guidelines have no legal force, nor do they deprive ART of its right to appreciate the rate and progressiveness of their implementation. </font>

Linked documents

 The guidelines  fr