OECD broadband statistics update – Mobile termination rates drop 42% in three years in advanced economies

Mobile termination rates – the rates operators charge each other to connect calls – dropped by an average of 42% in OECD countries between end-2014 and end-2017 as a result of increased regulation and competition, according to new data released by the OECD.

Termination rates fell across the board in the OECD area over the three years – ultimately benefitting consumers – with the sharpest reductions in Mexico (-84%), Hungary (-80%) and Ireland (-73%). Termination rates are highest in Switzerland, whereas in the United States a new system (bill-and-keep) introduced for mobile carriers has reduced rates to zero.

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