Phone calls set to be­come cheaper

Times of Oman - - FRONT PAGE - Times News Ser­vice

Mak­ing phone calls from your mo­bile will be­come much less ex­pen­sive in the com­ing years, ac­cord­ing to Oman’s Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (TRA).

This comes af­ter the TRA ap­proved pro­pos­als from the coun­try’s two main mo­bile net­work providers, Oman­tel and Oore­doo, for Ref­er­ence Ac­cess and In­ter­con­nec­tion Of­fers (RAIOs).

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­pos­als, call orig­i­na­tion and call ter­mi­na­tion rates that mo­bile net­works charge each other — a cost that is even­tu­ally borne by cus­tomers — will be dras­ti­cally re­duced.

“Prices of many whole­sale ser­vices have been ra­tio­nalised based on the cost mod­els devel­oped by the TRA, as well as mod­els sub­mit­ted by Oman­tel and Oore­doo,” said a TRA spokesper­son.

“It may be worth men­tion­ing that mo­bile call ter­mi­na­tion rates, which cur­rently stand at 15 baisas/min, shall be re­duced to four baisas/min in a phased man­ner over four years’ time. Sim­i­larly, the mo­bile call orig­i­na­tion rate has been re­duced from 16.6 baisas/min to 10.54 baisas/min,” the spokesman added.

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