Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ofcom consults on reductions in LLU and WLR prices

Ofcom today started a consultation on price controls for local loop unbundling and wholesale line rental products provided by Openreach, the functionally separate local access division of BT. This consultation follows on from Ofcom’s finding in its wholesale local access and … Continue reading

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Premium rate regulation extended across the value chain from 1 September 2011

News item topics are like buses – nothing happens for weeks or months, then everything happens at once. Following yesterday’s publication of the Phonepayplus annual plan and a market study, today Ofcom approved Phonepayplus’ 12th edition of its Code of … Continue reading

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Phonepayplus publishes market trends report and 2011/12 plan

Phonepayplus, the UK’s premium rate services regulator, has today published: a Report on Emerging Trends in the Premium Rate Services Market; and its plan and budget for the forthcoming year. Report on Emerging Trends in the Premium Rate Services Market Phonepayplus commissioned the report from … Continue reading

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Mobile operators obliged to retain location information across Europe

There has been some coverage recently of the case of Mr Spitz. Malte Spitz is a German green party politician and privacy advocate. He went to court to obtain details of the location information stored by his mobile phone provider … Continue reading

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Does it add up: who will pay for network investment?

Today post is a guest post from John Enser and Matt Phillips, and is the executive summary of Chapter 2 (‘Pipes’) of their 2011 Convergence Survey: The fundamental issue of how to deliver content and services is one that continues to … Continue reading

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UK Budget doubles lifetime limit for entrepreneurs’ relief

The Watcher is not a tax lawyer, so (he suspects much like others) he relies on helpful summaries to navigate the impact of yesterday’s budget. Some of his partners spent yesterday live blogging and tweeting about the budget (@olswang, #budget 11). … Continue reading

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UK to auction 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum in 2012

Ofcom yesterday started a consultation on the rules for a proposed auction of 250 MHz  of spectrum in the 800 MHz (aka ‘digital dividend’) band and 2.6 GHz band in the first half of 2012. This is equivalent to 75% of existing mobile … Continue reading

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AT&T and T-Mobile USA merger to face regulatory scrutiny

The biggest news this weekend was the announcement of the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The deal is conditional on regulatory approval, and I’ll be watching with interest as the other US mobile networks seek … Continue reading

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Reform of UK Competition law to lead to flood of merger notifications?

On 16 March the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (although as regular readers will know, no longer telecoms) published a consultation on options to reform the UK’s competition regime. The lengthy consultation’s aim is to introduce reforms to stimulate … Continue reading

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Rise of social media means that successful converged services must appeal to early adopters

Today saw the launch of the sixth Olswang Convergence Survey: ‘Does it add up’. I may now be able to see rather more of the authors, John Enser and Matt Phillips, as its preparation has consumed their every waking hour over … Continue reading

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