Competition authorities must work harder to bring down the price of calls from fixed lines to mobiles, according to Lucy Woods, WorldCom's new senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Telecoms watchdog Oftel recently admitted that mobile carriers were overcharging for calls between mobile networks and referred the case to the Competition Commission which has six months to reach a decision.
Woods said that she would back any motion to reduce what she saw as overpricing.
"Calls to mobiles are far too expensive," she said in an exclusive interview with vnunet.com. "We're pressurising the relevant competition authorities to get this situation resolved."
Woods explained that only 10 per cent of business calls from fixed lines are channelled to mobile phones, yet represent 50 per cent of the bill.
Analysts agreed, saying that mobile operators are charging excessively to protect margins while hiding behind the excuse of working in a "competitive market".
"Complexity in billing emerges when more than one carrier is involved," said Paolo Pescatore of analyst group IDC. "Why should it cost three times more to call from a fixed line to a mobile? It's just excessive pricing."
Alone, Oftel cannot force operators to cut their rates.
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