Namibian Communications Commission (NCC) has ordered the convergence of interconnection rates between operators (Cell One, Telecom Namibia and MTC) through the introduction of a standard charges structure; rates will be reduced bi-annually over a two-year period. Symmetry between mobile and fixed termination rates supports fixed-mobile convergence and removes distortions caused by previously higher mobile-to-mobile rates.
A benchmarking study conducted by Research ICT Africa, LIRNEasia’s sister organization, on behalf of the NCC indicates that the cost of termination of an efficient operator in Namibia is NAD 0.24 (USD 0.03). The prescribed ceiling for the termination rates on 1 January 2011 includes a 25% mark-up over the estimated cost of termination. Any other operator can request a revision of termination rates by demonstrating that its forward-looking long-run incremental cost of termination is above the prescribed ceiling, through the use of the LRIC methodology.
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