MTR's have been regulated since May 2011 and the voice rate will be cut to 3.8 cents per minute from 1st April 2012, charged by the second for a off-net call. I have already noticed pass through from fixed line operators every time the wholesale voice rate is cut.
So how about it 2 degrees, how about a cut in your casual prepay voice rate which is 44 cents per minute and has been since August 2009. As you know everytime the wholesale rate is cut your margin gets a whole pile fatter. I am well aware that if you top up $20 this rate drops to 22 cents per minute to call a on-net 2 degrees mobile or a landline one month from the date it was topped up then reverts back to 44 cents per minute. For those of you who forget what was said in these press releases here is one to refresh your memory.
True mobile market competition one step closer2degrees, New Zealand’s newest mobile network company, hopes the government will move quickly and accept today’s Commerce Commission recommendation on Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs).
2degrees chief operating officer, Bill McCabe, says the recommendation to regulate the charges operators make to connect calls to each others’ networks is a positive prelude to real improvements in mobile call rates.
“We won’t see change until this decision is accepted by the Minister and the price-setting process is concluded. That leaves plenty of opportunity for Vodafone and Telecom to stall the process, so we’re hoping for a quick decision and a fast process that allows 2degrees to put even better prices in the market,” says Bill.
According to Bill, 2degrees has had incredible support from New Zealanders on the MTR issue.
“It’s rare for an industry issue like this to capture the hearts and minds of consumers. We’re extremely grateful for the support of 13,000 New Zealanders who lodged their protest in the ‘Drop The Rate Mate’ campaign,” he says.