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OECD Fixed Voice

OECD Fixed Voice & Leased Line Price Benchmarking Q1 2020

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Report Summary:

OECD Fixed Voice and Leased Line Price Benchmarking Q1 2020 update: Telmex, Mexico has the cheapest offering for low residential users, while KPN in The Netherlands is the most expensive.

The Q1 2020 OECD Fixed Voice and Leased Line Benchmarking Service update is now available for download. For a low residential user (making 20 calls per month, which equates to 62 minutes per month), the Prepaid Multifon 50 tariff from Telmex in Mexico is the cheapest offering across the OECD countries, at USD PPP 6.69. KT, Korea is second cheapest, at USD PPP 7.76 with its Home Infinity 3000 service. KPN in the Netherlands is the most expensive, with its Bij Hussel service, with calls add-on, at USD PPP 61.98. This new, lower ranking of Netherlands is due to the fact that pricing for standalone voice services is no longer published; rather, voice services are bundled with fixed broadband, resulting in a higher overall cost.

For most countries, the bulk of the cost comes from the upfront rental charge, with the variable call costs accounting for only a small proportion of the total (on average, 12%). In eight of the 38 countries, the plans are fully fixed, with no additional call charges payable. Mexico has proportionally the highest call cost, and lowest fixed cost, with fixed costs accounting for just 31% of the overall cost (= USD PPP 2.07) and call costs making up 69% of the cost (= USD PPP 4.62). Telia Finland, too, has a proportionally high call cost, with 60% of the USD PPP 14.78 being accounted for by fixed costs.

The chart below shows the cheapest tariff in each country, based on the OECD 2017 20 calls residential basket for this update.

Source: OECD Fixed Voice Price Benchmarking, Strategy Analytics

Brazil, although not an OECD member country, has been included for this update, with tariffs for Vivo Brazil featuring.

The February 2020 update for Fixed Voice services incorporates the new OECD 2017 baskets. The main difference between these and the 2010 baskets is the removal of international calls in the 2017 baskets. The 2010 baskets have still been included in the system, however, although for this and future updates, international pricing will no longer be updated.

In addition to the inclusion of the new baskets, it is now possible to view the results in a wider range of currencies.

Please note: For the OECD Leased Line Price Benchmarking Service, there have been no changes to the 2010 basket methodology.

Historical pricing for the OECD countries over several years is also available. Strategy Analytics also produces benchmarking services for mobile voice, and fixed and mobile broadband, as well as bundled telecoms services and Pay TV.

If you have any difficulty using any of the functions within OECD Fixed Voice and Leased Line Price Benchmarking, or would like more information on how to get the most out of the system, please contact either:

Nacera Touileb, Analyst, Teligen: Tel: +44 1908 423 679 Email: ntouileb@strategyanalytics.com

Bernadette Finn, Associate Director, Teligen. Tel: +44 1908 423 672. Email: bfinn@strategyanalytics.com

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