Vodafone wins High Court case against ComReg over mobile charges

14 Aug 2013

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Mobile operator Vodafone has won a High Court judgment against Irish telecoms market regulator ComReg over proposed changes to mobile termination rates (MTR), which it claims would have directly impacted future investment in broadband networks.

MTR charges are inter-operator charges levied by mobile companies to cover the cost of carrying calls on their networks.

MTRs don’t have any direct impact on consumer pricing. 

The judgment found that ComReg’s proposal was not informed by a full and complete analysis which should have included appropriate benchmarking measurements within the context of the Irish market.

“The MTR proposal, had it proceeded, would have inhibited future investment in advanced broadband networks relied upon by consumers and businesses,” Vodafone said in a statement.

“The level at which MTRs are set should reflect the cost of operating and investing in the network in the Irish market, essentially ensuring that companies generate sufficient returns to underpin future network investment.”

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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