70,000 sign up to 3’s MTR protest


Close to 70,000 people have now signed 3’s petition to reduce mobile termination rates (MTRs), as Ofcom closes its consultation period regarding the charges.

The partners behind the Terminate the Rate campaign, which launched May 20, include 3 and BT. Both entered a series of submissions to Ofcom last week, having received support from 198 MPs, 18 organisations and members of the general public.

The submissions are the first stage in an ongoing campaign to bring down the cost of calling mobiles, which cost landline users more than £75 million last year alone and more than £200 million for 3 since it set up in 2003.

MTRs are the prices of calls connected from one network to another, less than 1p in real terms but charged tyically at 5p. 3 and BT claim they are “artificial” fees designed to make money at the expense of the customers.

3 UK chief Kevin Russell (pictured) said: “In little over two months the level of support the campaign has received from the public, MPs and from private and public sector organisations shows tthere’s a growing understanding that these charges are outdated and unfair.”

BT Retail managing director of consumer John Petter said: “This is a key moment in the campaign, but it’s not the end.  While the first stage of Ofcom’s consultation process is now closed, we will continue to lobby for lower termination rates until we get the result that UK phone users deserve.”