Nordic Business Report-April 21, 2006-Norwegian communications ministry rejects Telenor ASA's objection to PT decision
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Norwegian telecomms group Telenor ASA said on Friday (21 April) that the ministry for transport and communications had rejected the company's objections to a decision by the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (PT) relating to regulation of call termination charges in the Norwegian mobile market.
This decision increases the already discriminatory practice in the Norwegian mobile market, according to the company.
Today it is more expensive for customers of Telenor to call customers of NetCom, than it is for customers of NetCom to call Telenor, the company claimed.
"We are hugely disappointed that Telenor will still have to subsidise our largest competitor TeliaSonera (NetCom/Chess) with several hundred million Norwegian kroner every year," said Morten Karlsen Sorby, executive vice president and head of Telenor Nordic.
The ministry for transport and communications also increased the price gap between Telenor and NetCom from 38.4% to 40%, Telenor reported.
The decision specifies that Telenor's call termination charges must be reduced from NOK0.73 to NOK0.65 as from 1 July 2006. NetCom's call termination charges would be reduced from NOK1.01 to NOK0.91, while Tele2's call termination charges would not be reduced.
One Norwegian krone (NOK) is worth approximately 0.08 British pounds (GBP).
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