Skip to main content

BT and 3 Join Forces To Fight Mobile Termination Rates

Telecommuncations giant BT and 3 have announced that they will be joining forces to eliminate mobile termination rates scheme altogether in a move that will surely infuriate other network operators.

The charge which currently cost 4.7p or more for eevry minute of a call to a mobile is 10 times more than the equivalent rate for a fixed line call and brought more than £2 million per day to mobile phone operators.

Both companies have launched a joint website called to bring down the rate to a penny or less in a bid to save consumers and business hundreds of millions.

BT and 3 argue that the high MTRs prevents lower fixed-line to mobile call prices and significantly adds to the price of mobile-to-mobile call tariffs. 3 argues that a £35 tariff without MTR charges could include unlimited minutes, texts and internet.

The campaign is back by the National Union of Students, Carers UK, the Federation of Small Business, Moneysupermarket and GMB Union. The call comes as Ofcom announced that it will start a public consultation on termination rates after the current regulations expire in two years time.

3’s CEO Kevin Russell said in a press release that "If termination rates went down, we could see an opportunity to bring calling charges down to one pence per minute."

and join more than 1400 other followers.

Our Comments

Obviously the reason why 3 and BT are banding together to bring down the Mobile termination rates has to do with the fact that they currently have to pay the most for it. It is the big four mobile phone operators which are currently benefiting the most of MTR. Should BT and 3 succeed however, it is likely that charges for receiving calls could be introduced.

Related Links

BT, 3 UK start 'Terminate the Rate' campaign

Bid to axe network connection fees

3 Mobile calls for lower landline to mobile fees

3 and BT campaigning for lower mobile call costs


3 and BT launch public campaign to cut the cost of calling mobile phones

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.