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Ofcom may overhaul UK mobile phone sector in 2008

Ofcom is considering an overhaul in the way the UK mobile sector is regulated next year, with the possibility of it intervening over mobile charges.

A previous consultation by the regulator into the mobile market has already forced operators to reduce the amount they charge each other for connecting customers that are not their own. Now Ofcom is holding out the possibility of direct cuts to customer call charges.

In its strategic plan covering the whole communciations sector for 2008/09, Ofcom said, "The mobile sector is facing significant change, so the time is now right to conduct an assessment of Ofcom's overall approach to regulation of the sector."

It said, "The assessment will consider a broad range of issues, including: the implications of continuing convergence, the aims of regulation, identifying the scope for deregulation, innovation and competition in the mobile market, and the implications."

A separate consultation document on proposed changes for the mobile sector will be published next year, said Ofcom.





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