Saturday, 10 December 2016

Mobile telephony: Are charge restrictions a good thing?

By Purvi Parekh, DLA Piper UK LLP
Wednesday 30 May 07

Ofcom's recent ruling on mobile voice termination splits U.K. telecoms market into two opposing factions.

Earlier this year, and not for the first time, Ofcom stepped into the arena of call termination charge controls when it published a statement on proposed measures against the U.K.'s mobile network operators. In the latest round of debate on this controversial issue, Ofcom proposed extensions not only to the duration of the controls but also to widen the scope to include both 2G and 3G networks. Regulation of mobile termination charges is not a new concept. In June 2004, less than 18 months after taking over from its predecessor Oftel, Ofcom imposed controls on mobile network operators' termination charges. These measures followed a full review into the markets for the supply of wholesale mobile voice call termination…

Earlier this year, and not for the first time, Ofcom stepped into the arena of call termination charge controls when it published a statement on proposed measures against the U.K.'s mobile network operators. In the latest round of debate on this controversial issue, Ofcom proposed extensions not only to the duration of the controls but also to widen the scope to include both 2G and 3G networks. Regulation of mobile termination charges is not a new concept. In June 2004, less than 18 months after taking over from its predecessor Oftel, Ofcom imposed controls on mobile network operators' termination charges. These measures followed a full review into the markets for the supply of wholesale mobile voice call termination…

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