The regulator has determined the rate after consultations with operators. The interconnect usage price was previously fixed in 2010.
A PTA consultation paper “Review of Mobile Termination Rates” has termed the existing MTR rate in Pakistan 111-198 per cent higher than other comparable countries last year. It suggested a reduced rate of Rs0.80 per minute for the period between Dec 1, 2017 and Nov 30, 2018, and Rs0.70 per minute from December onwards until a cost-based study was completed.
During the ongoing consultations, almost every telco favored the proposed reduction in MTR of up to Rs0.70 per minute during the PTA consultations. The move was opposed by the country’s largest telco, Mobilink/Jazz, however, Telenor supported the change from next year onwards highlighting that the decision could hurt operators’ revenues.
On the other hand, Telenor also demanded a separate international termination rate of $0.025 per minute for both fixed and mobile calls.