UK mobile phone carriers escape price cut threat

UK mobile phone carriers have dodged the possibility of further price reductions imposed by Ofcom. In proposals scheduled to be published tomorrow, the industry regulator is expected to recommend maintaining the current pricing structure until at least 2007. Last year, Ofcom forced mobile operators to cut the charges they levy for connecting incoming calls to their own networks -- so-called termination rates. In its proposals, Ofcom will likely note that the mobile market is not developed enough to warrant either full deregulation or further price cuts.

For more on Ofcom's pricing proposal:
- read this article in The Independent

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