Ofcom gives go-ahead for KCom to offer bundled services

12 Oct 2010

The UK’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that alternative operator KCom, which has long been designated with significant market power (SMP) status in the Hull area, will be allowed to offer bundled services, despite opposition from rivals. According to ZDNet UK, the watchdog will allow the telco to introduce bundle deals with a view to allowing residents in the region to benefit from the savings that can be offered by such service combinations, with Ofcom moving ahead with the approval in spite of objections from other operators including MediaSat3 and Nexus. Ofcom did, however, note that there are a number of conditions accompanying its ruling, including: that bundles are made available to all residents and businesses in the area; that prices must be clearly shown on KCom’s website; and that tariffs must be set in a way that does not discourage other providers from offering services in Hull. In light of the decision, Sean Royce, KCom’s commercial and finance director, said: ‘We are delighted that the regulator has now given us approval to go ahead … Now that we’ve been given approval, we intend to launch bundled services for both businesses and consumers within the next few months.’

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