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BT Gets UK Tribunal’s Vote over Rates Hike

Authorities have decided in favour of telecom British giant BT as the new ruling allows BT to charge higher rate for connecting calls for numbers termed as non-geographic.

The ruling is expected to fetch BT millions of pounds once the details are reviewed and a demand is finalized by the company. The petition was filed by telecom regulatory agency OfCom against BT on behalf of network carrier firms back in 2009.

According to The Financial Times, Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that London-based global telecommunications services provider BT is entitled to charge network carrier companies including Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone and 3 Mobile for connecting 0845, 0870 and 0800 series.

“It is appropriate that the CAT has ruled that BT’s wholesale termination rates for 0800, 0845 and 0870 numbers are fair and reasonable. We are currently examining the details of the judgment to understand the impact.” BT said in a statement issued soon after the new ruling.

While the network operators have been given one month to re-appeal against the ruling, Everything Everywhere, has said that the company is very disappointed by the judgment and is looking into the 200 pages long ruling to assess and decide the further course of direction.