The President of UKE proposes a timetable of reductions in mobile network call termination rates in exchange for investments.
Mobile services are fundamental to citizens and businesses. Mobile telephony is becoming
a significant substitute to fixed telephony service and is becoming universal. It ensures safety, it is useful and easy to use while mobile internet is considered the future of the telecommunications market in which on the one hand users are becoming increasingly mobile while on the other hand wireless network is not present everywhere.
The President of UKE intends to ensure telecom network coverage in the areas in which such coverage is not economically justified:
1) so called white spots - i.e. areas with a complete lack of 2G service coverage;
2) scarcely populated areas where the coverage of 3G network is not economically justified.
Negotiations with mobile operators have been going on since July 2010. So far the following topics have been discussed: BTS construction costs, types of possible investments, potential benefits of a new rate reduction timetable; location of white spots, the division and sharing of investments in white spots and the method for concluding the agreement.
In exchange for investments which ensure coverage of all identified white spots with mobile telephony services and coverage of at least 80% of the country area with 3G network (internet access), the President of UKE proposes the following timetable of reductions in mobile network call termination rates until 2012 to operators:
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European Commission recommendation of 7 May 2009 forecasts that the mobile network call termination rate, being based on bottom-up calculated costs (as of 1 January 2013) should reach the level of 1,5 - 3 eurocents per minute.
The President of UKE requests mobile operators to express their interest or its lack in concluding an agreement within two weeks of the day on which this position is published (through persons empowered to take decisions for a company) and a binding declaration regarding the extent of investment commitments corresponding to the amount of benefits calculated in connection with the above timetable along with a justification.
The agreements with operators, subject to both parties accepting their conditions and subject to the President of UKE achieving the above-mentioned social benefits, are to be concluded when the act regulating agreement conclusion enters into force, pursuant to the draft art. 43a.1 of the Telecommunications law.
In the scope of the above-mentioned arrangements, the President of UKE will request the local government (mayors and rural county government) to help identify white spots, that is to say areas in which mobile telephony services are not provided.
There was an error resulting from an editorial mistake in the above article. Information provided contains incorrect data on the MTR glidepath timetable. Namely, the last date has been assigned an incorrect amount, i.e. 1 July 2010 - PLN 0,01223. The Polish language version of the glidepath timetable is correct and applicable. It means that as of 1 July 2012 the MTR proposed by the President of UKE is 0,1223 PLN. The error was corrected on 11 January 2011.