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23 April 2021
Ofcom recently published a statement on how it will regulate the wholesale markets that underpin landline and mobile phone calls in the United Kingdom between April 2021 and March 2026.
To continue to protect customers from high prices, Ofcom will cap termination rates for calls made and received in the United Kingdom, based on the cost of connecting a call:
Some phone companies still use BT's wholesale call origination service to enable customers to make calls on landlines. Over the next few years, landline calls will be increasingly carried over more modern internet protocol networks. Therefore, Ofcom will deregulate wholesale call origination, as providers will no longer need to purchase it from BT.
As the industry moves away from using the traditional telephone network, Ofcom expects that companies will increasingly interconnect using the more modern internet protocol interconnection networks. Accordingly, Ofcom's statement sets out how it will regulate BT's internet protocol interconnection service.
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