The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) issued an order to direct Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar to implement specific wholesale charges for 2021, 2022, and 2023; aiming to maintain a competitive, fair, and developing telecom sector in Qatar.
Wholesale charges are the price that telecom service providers pay to each other to interconnect and access their networks. These include termination services, interconnection link services, transmission link services, and duct products.
“The CRA was keen that the prices for wholesale services approved by the CRA are in line with international regulatory best practices to ensure the provision of advanced and reliable telecom services across Qatar and building a competitive and innovative Qatari telecom sector that attracts investment. For fixed termination, prices will remain stable for 2021, 2022, and 2023 while mobile termination prices will decrease by 11%, 12%, and 13% respectively in the same period,” said His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, president of CRA.
Under this order, the telecom service providers started implementing the set wholesale charges from the 1st of June 2021. This will remain in effect until the CRA issues another order amending the wholesale charges.