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British broadsheet The Guardian is reporting that fixed line and broadband incumbent BT is considering plans to launch mobile telephony services under a joint venture with T-Mobile and Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3. The three companies have reportedly held informal talks which, although still at early stage, have included discussions on branding, costs and revenue. It is believed that BT is mulling the move in a bid to increase profits as customers increasingly migrate to mobile broadband services offered by other operators. BT exited the mobile sector in 2001, when it demerged its mobile subsidiary Cellnet.
British mobile operators including Vodafone UK, T-Mobile and O2 may have to cut mobile termination rates (MTR) following a ruling by the Competition Commission, Reuters reports. In a submission to the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) the Competition Commission has upheld an appeal by BT Group against regulator Ofcom. The submission calls for a reduction of termination rates; it recommends that the charges for connections to the networks of O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile be reduced to GBP0.04 (USD0.06) by 2010/11. Ofcom’s original recommendation was for a charge of GBP0.051. The Competition Commission has also recommended charges for connecting to the network of Hutchison Whampoa-owned 3 UK be lowered to GBP0.44 by the same date, against Ofcom’s GBP0.059 suggestion. The CAT will now consider the proposals, and the next case-management conference in the appeals process is expected on 2 February 2009.
3 UK has announced the launch of a new mobile TV section of the portal called 3 on Demand. The new area, which is managed by Mobix Interactive, brings a host of new content together with all of 3’s streaming TV channels (3 Live) and the existing Sky mobile TV offering.Subscribers will pay between £1.29 and £1.99 for a week’s access to an episode. Delivered by Mobix’s Adrenalin platform, users will enjoy functionality allowing them to pause and resume without the need for a new client application.
Alex Woodhams, Product Manager at 3 UK, said, “We feel the range of content that we are offering coupled with the strength of our 3G network creates an unrivalled mobile TV proposition. 3 on Demand can deliver a wide range of high quality full length TV shows in a flexible manner that allows users to pause and later resume shows where they left off.