BT Wins Mobile Appeal

9:25 AM -- BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) looks set to recoup reportedly tens of millions of pounds following the U.K. Competition Appeals Tribunal decision on a long-running dispute over mobile termination rates in the U.K. (See UK Rate Shakeup.)

The ruling finds that the five U.K. mobile operators overcharged BT for terminating calls onto their networks for a period in 2006 and that repayments would need to be made.

The decision is part of a broader investigation into mobile termination rates in the U.K. that could lead to further cuts from regulator Ofcom . At the same time, Viviane Reding at the European Commission is keen to bring down these charges across the EU. And that means mobile operators can look forward with dread to deeper cuts to these charges that account for about 15 percent of revenue. (See Ofcom Cuts Mobile Rates, UK Mobile Rate Cut Includes 3G Costs, Reding Guns for Data Roaming Cuts, and Reding's At It Again.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading

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