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According to German press agency DPA, three of the country’s main cellcos have put forward a suggestion to increase mobile termination (MTA) fees from 1 April 2009. O2 Germany proposed the highest fee increase from the current EUR0.088 per minute to EUR0.1643, while rival T-Mobile Germany has suggested an increase from EUR0.0792 to EUR0.0839 per minute. Vodafone Germany wants to raise its fee to EUR0.0792 from the current EUR0.0823 per minute. E-Plus is the only operator to propose a decrease in MTA fees from EUR0.088 to EUR0.084. The German telecoms regulator BNA will publish its decision on 12 February 2009.
British mobile operators including Vodafone UK, T-Mobile and O2 may have to cut mobile termination rates (MTR) following a ruling by the Competition Commission, Reuters reports. In a submission to the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) the Competition Commission has upheld an appeal by BT Group against regulator Ofcom. The submission calls for a reduction of termination rates; it recommends that the charges for connections to the networks of O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile be reduced to GBP0.04 (USD0.06) by 2010/11. Ofcom’s original recommendation was for a charge of GBP0.051. The Competition Commission has also recommended charges for connecting to the network of Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3 UK be lowered to GBP0.44 by the same date, against Ofcom’s GBP0.059 suggestion. The CAT will now consider the proposals, and the next case-management conference in the appeals process is expected on 2 February 2009.
Internet news portal ZDNet is reporting that UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is aiming to begin the auction process for spectrum in the 2.6GHz band by the end of March 2009. The report, citing comments by a spokesman for Ofcom, suggest that applications for the spectrum will be opened around the end of March. The announcement comes despite ongoing legal action; T-Mobile UK and O2 UK launched litigation against the regulator in May 2008, claiming that the sale should not take place until the future of 900MHz spectrum was decided. In the UK spectrum in the 900MHz band is currently limited by licence to GSM 2G technologies.