4/9/2008 11:35:00 AM
Operators contribute £10m towards Ofcom running costs
Mobile operators contributed £10m to the running of Ofcom last year - 7% of Ofcom’s total budget for the year.
In a letter to Roger Godsiff MP, Ofcom boss Ed Richards revealed that the total amount paid by O2, 3, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile to Ofcom for 2006-2007 was £10,082,764.
The amount paid so far this year is unknown, but with network revenue increasing and Ofcom’s operating budget decreasing by 5% to £126.7m, the percentage contributed by networks is expected to grow.
The amount contributed by networks is based on turnover, but Ofcom declined to reveal the amount paid by each network, claiming that it was ‘commercially sensitive’.
However, during a Parliamentary questioning session involving Orange in February last year, it revealed it paid £2.5m towards Ofcom’s running costs.