3/1/2010 4:26:00 PM
3 CEO calls for action to protect consumers from Orange/T-Mobile JV
Kevin Russell, CEO of 3, has called for spectrum
reallocation to be accelerated and for Ofcom to act on
termination rates, after the EU Commission cleared the T-Mobile
and Orange merger today (1 March).
Russell said: 'The approval of the Orange/T-Mobile merger reduces
the market from five to four, making it urgent for key
competition and consumer issues to be addressed. These include
the imbalance of radio spectrum holdings, penal mobile
termination rates and a failed mobile number porting system.
'It is critical that the Digital Britain proposals are passed to
begin to address the radio spectrum issues and just as critical
for Ofcom to act on mobile termination rates and mobile number
portability if it is serious about the UK being a competitive
market with true consumer choice.
'Customer friendly number porting is the basic platform for
competition in the mobile market. UK consumers are alone in
Europe in being forced to ask permission of their current
operator if they wish to move their phone number to a new
provider. The need for action to address competition issues in
the UK has never been greater.'