Kevin Russell, 3UK CEO on Ofcom decision: “Absurd, anti-competitive’

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Hutchison Whampoa’s mobile operator, 3, is challenging plans by UK regulators to force it to charge substantially less for connecting phone calls to its network because of concerns that the changes threaten its path to profitability.

Last week 3 lodged an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal against a decision by Ofcom, the telecommunications watchdog, that would require the UK’s fifth largest mobile operator to cut its charges by 45 per cent.

Kevin Russell, chief executive of 3 UK, accused Ofcom of making an ‘absurd” and anti-competitive decision that he said would result in it subsidising Britain’s established big four mobile operators: O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.

Kevin and Co at Three — or ’3′ (I prefer writing ‘Three’) are not happy, particularly on the basis that they’re subsidising the other networks to the tune of £50m each year. This is a little bit ridiculous, isn’t it?

I can see arguments for both the Ofcom and the Three perspective, but really… it’s not very anti-competitive, making one network pony up a ton of charges to it’s competitors.

Then again, kitchen, heat and so on.

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  • green1

    Dear Sir

    I purchased a phone from Phones4U on an 18month contract in November 2007.
    Model no. K530i Sony Ericsson. After a month I was having problems with my phone and this is where it all started.

    1. I went back to the Phones4U shop and they said it might need re-programming. I did this and upgraded the software but found it still did it now and again. The problem seemed to subside
    2. Then eventually it got worse and I went back to where I purchased the phone. They basically didn

  • Anthony

    Green1 ,

    As a representtive of 3 i would urge you to send an email to Ewan asking for my phone number and email so we work with you to resolve this issue. Thanks.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com smstextnews

    Green1, mail me your details — ewan@smstextnews.com — and I will forward
    them on to Anthony at 3.

  • Anthony

    Green1 ,

    As a representtive of 3 i would urge you to send an email to Ewan asking for my phone number and email so we work with you to resolve this issue. Thanks.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan @ MIR

    Green1, mail me your details — ewan@smstextnews.com — and I will forward
    them on to Anthony at 3.

  • Anthony

    Green1 ,

    As a representtive of 3 i would urge you to send an email to Ewan asking for my phone number and email so we work with you to resolve this issue. Thanks.

  • http://www.mobileindustryreview.com Ewan

    Green1, mail me your details — ewan@smstextnews.com — and I will forward
    them on to Anthony at 3.

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