Internet, phone & TV

ACCC decision may lead to lower prices for SMS services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has concluded its inquiry into the regulation of mobile terminating access services (MTAS). The ACCC has decided to continue to regulate mobile voice termination services for a further five years, and to regulate SMS termination services for the first time.

To make calls using a mobile phone it must be connected to a mobile phone network. Whenever a call or SMS is made across different networks, the receiving network may charge a fee to carry (or terminate) the call. The ACCC has decided to regulate these fees for SMS services.