According to draft proposals quoted by the Financial Times, the European Commission believes mobile operators are overcharging fixed line operators to connect to their networks.
The Commission wants to increase national regulators’ powers to force operators to cut these call termination charges. It believes that termination charges act as a subsidy from landline phone users to mobile subscribers.
Under the proposed regulations, each mobile operator would be views as a monopolist in call termination. This would allow EU monopoly regulations to be used. The Commission is also reportedly planning to bring antitrust cases against the Netherlands’ KPN and Libertel Vodafone.