EC presses UK for fixed line termination regulation expansion

19 Oct 2009

According to British broadsheet The Telegraph, the European Commission (EC) has called on telecoms regulator Ofcom to impose identical controls on fixed line operators in relation to wholesale fixed network termination charges. At present, Ofcom only regulates the charges of two operators, incumbent BT and KCom (Kingston Communications), the latter of which retains a monopoly in the Kingston-upon-Hull area, while smaller operators remain free to set their own fees. Neelie Kroes, the EU Competition Commissioner, noted: ‘Non-discrimination and price control for all UK communication providers would ensure lower termination rates and a level playing field for all fixed phone operators to the benefit of the competition and consumers in the UK.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), KCOM, Ofcom