BT wins interconnect appeal

14 May 2004

The Competition Appeal Tribunal – the court which regulates regulators – has ruled that Oftel (now Ofcom) overstepped its authority when it ordered BT to cut fees it charges mobile operators to link radio base stations to their mobile telephone exchanges. The case centred on whether backhaul circuits could be defined as interconnection as laid down in European law. The tribunal ruled that linking base stations to an operator’s exchanges or switches was not an example of interconnection and therefore not protected by Oftel. The decision safeguards around GBP50 million in annual revenue for BT. The full 123-page judgement can be downloaded from www.catribunal.org.uk.

United Kingdom