The competition watchdog said in a statement that the drop in price paid by a telecommunications network operator to a mobile network operator for connecting calls was the final determination from the ACCC’s public inquiry into terms and conditions on which mobile network operators must provide the MTAS.
“Mobile network operators will be required to charge less for providing the MTAS and that enables providers who rely on the MTAS to pass on the savings in their retail offers to consumers,” ACCC chair Rod Sims said.
The ACCC said the MTAS was an essential wholesale service that allowed consumers on different mobile networks to call each other, and for consumers on a landline to call another on a mobile network. Regulating this service meant mobile network operators had to connect or "terminate" calls from other networks.
The shutdown of 2G networks prior to 2019 had been a major driver in the reduction in the cost of the MTAS in Australia, he added
“We recognise there are retail plans which allow you to make unlimited calls but our inquiry found that a significant portion of consumers heavily rely on voice calls and still pay very high usage charges. These consumers will benefit most from this decision."