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.
...and why Mobile Termination Rates need to fall
James Rosewell writes:
Due to growth in staff numbers my business (51Degrees.mobi) is in the process of moving offices. Coincidentally I'm also moving our home broadband. It’s not been a pleasant experience.
This got me thinking, because a few weeks ago on thefonecast.com we discussed why Ofcom isn’t treating Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) in the same way as fixed-line termination rates. The mobile industry justifies higher MTRs on the assumption that a mobile network costs more to run than a fixed-line network. It was certainly true when the fixed costs of running a mobile network had to be shared across a relatively small number of customers, even if they did pay a fortune for their contracts and terminals. Intuitively I'd say that’s just not true anymore.
EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) has published its third quarter financial results for 2012.
Service revenue was down 3% year-on-year to £1.496 billion, although the company says this would have been a 3.1% increase without the effect of changes to mobile termination rate and roaming regulations.
This week’s podcast from The Fonecast starts with a look at Barclays Pingit, the new UK mobile payment service that’ll let almost anyone send and receive money from a smartphone. We then move on to Ofcom’s plans to cut mobile termination rates before discussing camera technology, new handsets, patents, NFC tickets and plenty of other topics.
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Barclays introduces person-to-person mobile money transfers to the UK, Ofcom gets the go-ahead to cut wholesale interconnection charges, a handful of new phones are announced ahead of Mobile World Congress... plus the rest of the week's big news.