The French regulator Arcep, has notified the European Commission of its draft decision to lower MTRs over a three year period with a target MTR of 0.8 €cents/min on January 1, 2013.
Like Ofcom in the UK, Arcep has based its decision on the pure LRIC cost model which doesn’t allow MTRs to be inflated beyond their actual cost. However, the glide path proposed by the French regulator will see these charges fall quicker and over a shorter period of time. UK consumers will have to wait until April 2014 to experience the full effect of lower MTRs. Which begs the question: why do British consumers have to wait?
This draft decision is in accordance with the European Commissions recommendation, and in line with the remarks issued by the commission on the particular situation in France.