BT considering application for judicial review of 3G licence plans

4 Jan 2010

Britain’s fixed line incumbent BT has said that it may seek a judicial review of government plans for mobile broadband spectrum, ZDNet UK reports. It is understood that BT has sent a letter to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in which it objects to proposals that could see the 3G licences held by existing UK mobile operators made indefinite. The move comes after the Independent Spectrum Broker Kip Meek put forward the plans in May 2009 as part of measure designed to boost mobile broadband coverage in the country. An unnamed spokesperson for BT said of the matter: ‘BT has major reservations around the wireless spectrum proposals from the Independent Spectrum Broker. The proposal to extend current 3G licences indefinitely represents a gift of several billion pounds from the UK taxpayer to the mobile operators and is a barrier to competition and innovation in the mobile market.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)