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Ofcom overruled by Competition Commission

Ofcom was planning to reduce the termination charges of the UK MNOs to 5.1p per minute by 2010/2011. Now the Competition Commission have ruled the termination rate should be 4p (apart from 3 the 5th 3G operator who gets to chatge 4.4p).

The Competition Appeal Tribunal passed the complaint to the Competition Commission after 3 and BT complained to them.

The Tribunal now has to decide whether to accept the decision. If it does Ofcom will have to redo its business models on the cost of running a 3G network including the cost of the license fee.

As the complaint took charges into account from 2007, some operators may be due refunds.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station (Gaialive.com). I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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