The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced its final decision on Friday to drop the price of MTAS for voice services from AU$0.017 per minute to AU$0.0119 per minute from January 1.
MTAS is a wholesale service that allows consumers to send and receive calls and messages between different mobile phone network providers. If unregulated, it would allow telcos to charge higher prices for incoming calls and text messages from other providers.
In the case of Australia, MTAS has been regulated for almost two decades, and this started out at a rate of AU$0.21 per minute.
In its decision, the ACCC said even though the large mobile network operators (MNOs) might not “respond significantly” to a drop in price, mobile virtual network operators would.
“The ACCC considers that the net impact on the MNOs may have become small as the MTAS represents both a cost and a revenue,” it