Ofcom looks to lower the cost of call mobiles even further
It's mobile phone mania at Ofcom, where they're taking an axe to current policy in the next week. Aiieee! Off with the head of calling mobiles, as Ofcom is set to propose new caps on the price that operators can charge one other as well as fixed line companies. Arrgh! Guts and viscera pour everywhere as the regulator finally looks to shorten the length of time to port numbers between service providers. Of course there's likely to be nothing but minor flesh wounds suffered by the operators - this is Ofcom after all.
According to the Guardian, cutting the cost of the termination rates - the charges levied by providers on one another - could mean the mobile phone industry losing out on up to £1 billion in revenue. While some of the larger service providers are likely to huff and puff, such a move is currently welcomed by both BT and 3.
As for switching networks with the same number, the EU has already decreed that the process should be hassle-free and take no more than a single working day. Ofcom had been pushing for the process to take no longer than two hours, but acquiesced when the operators got all grumpy with them.