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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.
Internet news portal ZDNet is reporting that UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is aiming to begin the auction process for spectrum in the 2.6GHz band by the end of March 2009. The report, citing comments by a spokesman for Ofcom, suggest that applications for the spectrum will be opened around the end of March. The announcement comes despite ongoing legal action; T-Mobile UK and O2 UK launched litigation against the regulator in May 2008, claiming that the sale should not take place until the future of 900MHz spectrum was decided. In the UK spectrum in the 900MHz band is currently limited by licence to GSM 2G technologies.