Britain’s Ofcom proposes further cuts in mobile phone charges

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– British telecoms regulator Ofcom on Wednesday proposed cuts in mobile termination rates – impose to connect calls across networks – in a move that could lead to cheaper bills for consumers.

Mobile termination rates have already fallen drastically, down 80 percent since 2011 from about 4 pence a minute to 0.8 pence. A decade ago, termination rates, which apply to calls from landlines as well as mobiles, were about 14 pence a minute.

Ofcom said a new mobile charge control, applying to all , would see rates fall slightly , to less half a penny per minute by April 2017 in real terms.

Ofcom Competition Brian Potterill said consumers were benefiting from a thriving competitive .

average cost a call bundle has fallen from 40 pounds to around 13 pounds in real terms last ten years,” he said.

“We want to ensure mobile users continue to benefit from competition, which will deliver affordable in years ahead.”

Britain has four major network : EE, a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange, Vodafone, Telfonica’ O2 and Hutchison’ Three.

Ofcom said it expected to publish its final decisions by March 2015. (Reuters)