Regina on the Application of T-Mobile (Uk) Ltd, Vodafone Ltd, Orange Personal Communication Services Ltd v The Competition Commission, the Director-General of Telecommunications: Admn 27 Jun 2003

The applicants sought to challenge a proposed scheme regulating the prices of telephone calls.
Held: The principle objection was to termination charges, charges on calls between networks. The present charges were greater than the actual cost, and had the effect of transferring to users of fixed network telephones costs which were properly attributable to mobile phone users. They were being asked to subsidise such users. There was some social purpose in encouraging mobile phone use, but the policy of limiting such termination fees was not unreasonable. The power to control such charges arose when an operator came to enjoy a position equivalent to dominance, and even on those not so designated. The Commission’s and the Director’s interpretation of Section 3(1)(a) was not unlawful; a broad interpretation, including concepts of equity and fairness was legitimate.

The Honourable Mr Justice Moses
[2003] EWHC 1555 (Admin)
Directive 2002/19, Directive 2002/20, Directive 2002/21, Telecommunications Act 1984 3
England and Wales
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