BT has won a Supreme Court ruling that could see it reclaiming millions of pounds from UK mobile network operators.
The case dates back to 2009, when BT announced new termination rates for telephone numbers that began with 08. These rates varied depending on the amount that the originating network charged the caller.
This proposed scheme was rejected by the network operators, with Ofcom stepping in to resolve the issue. Ofcom rejected the changes because it believed they weren’t likely to provide benefits to consumers.
BT then appealed to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which overturned Ofcom’s decision. Next, the networks went to the Court of Appeal, which restored Ofcom’s original decision.
Now the Supreme Court - the UK’s final court of appeal - has restored the order of the CAT, ruling in BT’s favour.
[Supreme Court Judgement (pdf)]