Indie telcos continue to rely on access revenue

A new report by the Telergee Alliance revealed that a strong number of independent telcos continue to rely on access revenues that are collected from other service providers connecting calls to and from their customers. In 2008 alone, total operating revenues that came from interstate access was 36.6 percent for the 196 independent telcos that responded to the survey, but intrastate access made up only 11.1 percent of operating revenues.

Interestingly, these higher values came in spite of the fact that interstate access revenues declined 1.3 percent from 2007 to 2008, while intrastate revenues were down by 7 percent in the same timeframe. Contributing to the decline in access revenues was fewer access minutes, while interstate access minutes declined 7.7 percent and interstate access minutes declined 10.8 percent.

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