UK Parliament launches inquiry into spectrum

The UK system of government and regulation can sometimes be confusing, with the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of the House of Commons this week announcing an inquiry into the use of spectrum in the UK and issuing a call for written evidence. The Select Committee is neither the national regulatory authority with responsibility … Read more

RIM and Google compete to acquire Nortel’s patents

Readers with long memories will remember Nortel’s glory days of the 1990s, when it expanded rapidly by supplying equipment on the back of significant investment in competitive telecoms networks unleashed by the first wave of telecoms market liberalisation. It was badly hit by the dot.com crash, but managed to struggle through the noughties before filing for creditor protection … Read more

Commission maintains its softly, softly approach on net neutrality (whilst carrying big stick)

Net neutrality. A topic that stirs strong emotion and strident commentary that sometimes bears little resemblance to the underlying issues. The European Commission today published a remarkably thoughtful, balanced and considered Communication on the open internet and net neutrality in Europe. It concludes that the current rules on transparency, switching and quality of service that … Read more

‘Ladder pricing’ for calls to 08 numbers: stairway to litigation?

I have spent the last day and a half in court (British Telecommunications Plc (Termination charges: 080 calls, NCCN 1007) v Office of Communications and British Telecommunications Plc v Office of Communications (Ethernet Extension Services)) helping an intervening client argue, inter alia, that a fundamental disagreement was the same as a dispute. Sometimes these things do seem to end … Read more

Rules applicable to all UK telecoms operators to change

Last week Ofcom started a consultation on revising the UK’s General Conditions of Entitlement and Universal Service Conditions. The consultation closes on 7 April, and will be followed by a statement, with implementation on or before 25 May 2011. The changes are part of the UK’s implementation of the revised European Framework for electronic communications. … Read more

Mobile operators to acquire more fixed assets in 2011?

Any twitter followers (to follow go to: @rbratby) may have seen my live tweet commentary from the AnalysysMason city briefing last night. I thought the four speakers were well-informed and authoritative, and their presentations thought-provoking. The first presentation summarised the results of some cost modelling they had undertaken relating to mobile networks, by reference to a number … Read more