Your mobile bill is about to get much more expensive

11 October 2013

Smart.

A proposed 400% rise in the fee that mobile networks are charged for offering 4G is clearly going to be passed on to us lot and its all Ofcom's fault.

The regulator has published a consultation that may well see fees paid by the networks quadruple for the use of the various spectrums.

An industry expert from uSwitch, Adam Kirby, told the Indy: "The size of these figures may come as bad news to the mobile networks, but more worryingly could sound alarm bells for consumers. Our concern is that it will be mobile users who are left to foot the bill - and it isn’t clear if there will be any direct benefits to them."

O2 and Vodafone's fees could climb to £83.1m from £15.6m and Three’s fee go from £35.7m from £8.3m. EE were paying £24.9m but are looking at having to cough up £107.1m. These increases allows the UK Treasury to raise extra funds and officials reckon that this raise is simply to reflect market values in Europe.

Vodafone aren't happy, saying that "the regulator should be encouraging such private sector investment in infrastructure and new services like 4G, which will benefit consumers, businesses and the wider British economy for many years to come."

You can guarantee that these hikes will be passed on to us lot. So thanks to all concerned.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Broadband   Economy

3 comments

  • Tits M.
    Of course customers will foot the bill. They're companies trying to make a profit not a charity and they wouldn't last very long if they took any price rises on the chin. I'm guessing you've never run a company, Mof?
  • James
    Tits McGee, these CEOs gain millions of pounds every year, if there isn't any cheaper alternative, it is a monopoly of sort, allowing consumers to have little choice...
  • JonB
    Those licence prices are still a fraction of what the networks fleece their customers for 4G.

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