Macquarie cuts mobile rates

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications has reduced its mobile call rates for business and government users to 20 cents following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's report yesterday recommending a drop in fixed to mobile termination rates.Macquarie claimed it was the first telco to respond to ACCC's recommended wholesale rate of 21 cents per minute, scheduled to come into force today.

Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications has reduced its mobile call rates for business and government users to 20 cents following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's report yesterday recommending a drop in fixed to mobile termination rates.

Macquarie claimed it was the first telco to respond to ACCC's recommended wholesale rate of 21 cents per minute, scheduled to come into force today.

Starting today, Macquarie will be charging 20 cents flat rate for the first five minutes for intra-company fixed to mobile calls, mobile to mobile calls and mobile to fixed calls on the Macquarie network 24/7.

According to Macquarie national marketing manager Denis Rowe, organisations with a total annual telecommunications spend of AU$100,000 could have up to AU$20,000 annual savings using the telco's offer.

"The new low-price, flat rate not only provides substantial savings to business but also significantly simplifies the administration of mobile plans and bills," said Rowe.

According to Rowe, fixed-to-mobile spend contributes between 30 to 40 percent of total fixed line voice telecommunications costs. Of this amount, approximately 40 percent is spent on intra-company communications.

He added that Macquarie's pricing structure will provide business and government customers with "significant savings and improved cost control when communicating with their staff on the Macquarie network and out in the field."

"Mobile termination rates have long been the source of cost blow-outs for organisations looking to communicate with their mobile workers such as salespeople, on-road service representatives, transport and logistics staff. This has created a behavioural hesitancy to call. Today's offer from Macquarie Corporate is a great start in overcoming this trend," said Rowe.

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