BT and Oftel come in for a roasting from government
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The long-running UK telecoms battle may finally be drawing to an end, after Oftel once again rejected Freeserve's 'spurious' claims against BT
Some customer service bright spots but unanswered complaints a no-no
Oftel has ruled that BT has been overcharging for its wholesale unmetered Internet-access product, but ISPs may find better things to do with their savings than passing them on to customers
Oftel ruling clears BT but appeal by rival could be on the cards…
BT maintains an iron grip on the wholesale ADSL market as most of its rivals show little inclination to take advantage of local-loop unbundling, according to Oftel - which says it is happy with the situation
BT cuts the cost of its Datastream range, and lower business broadband prices could follow. But an Oftel investigation will continue
Despite an Oftel investigation looming large over the horizon, BT isn't backing down over its plans to reduce the cost of its wholesale ADSL products
The Competition Appeals Tribunal has granted Freeserve's appeal against an earlier Oftel decision, meaning a new inquiry into BT's alleged 'predatory pricing' of ADSL products
The trial - which allows faster upload speeds over broadband connections - follows a recent Oftel ruling on the issue, but BT insists the two are not connected
Boiling them in oil will be sufficient...
10-day deadline imposed for a fairer deal...
Freeserve's litany of complaints against BT has been dismissed by Oftel, which ruled that the telco has not been acting in an anti-competitive manner
Regulatory action may be taken against British Telecommunications in an attempt to increase competition in the United Kingdom's broadband market, according to an influential group of lawmakers. The select committee has urged the Office of Telecommunications--the U.K. telecom regulator known as Oftel--and its forthcoming replacement, the Office of Communications (OFCOM), to consider separating BT's network business from the rest of the company. The network is BT's physical infrastructure--including local exchanges and cables--as opposed to its service-based operations, such as BTopenworld. One of the benefits of this separation, the committee believes, is that it might bring down broadband prices. The committee's advice was delivered in a report published Wednesday; it echoes a widespread belief among BT's competitors, which say broadband prices would likely fall if a third party owned BT's fixed-line network. BT isn't permitted to sell any products at a loss--an attempt to prevent the company undercutting rivals to boost market share. ZDNet U.K.'s Graeme Wearden reported from London. To read the full story visit ZDNet U.K.
Telecommunications regulator Oftel says that it will not block the price cuts for wholesale broadband that BT had announced it plans to start next week.
Once BT reveals what changes it is planning to the cost of wholesale ADSL, it will probably have time to implement them before Oftel finishes any relevant investigation
A proposed 7 percent cut in the price of a crucial BT product will be fought by the telco, which believes that Oftel is behind the times
After years of criticism over pricing, BT says it now wants to cut broadband prices, but Oftel and other ISPs are not quite so keen on the idea. A ZDNet UK news focus
Talk of halving the cost of broadband may be premature, if the regulator forces BT to reverse cuts in the price of ADSL
ISPs have shown plenty of interest in BT Wholesale's multimillion-pound advertising offer, but Oftel warns that BTopenworld must not get preferential treatment
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