Britain’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has proposed controlling the prices BT can charge for some of its high-speed business lines, following up on a review which recognised the former state monopoly’s “significant” market power.
Ofcom said it was opening a consultation on what price controls would apply to some of BT‘s wholesale leased line prices, which could result in price cuts for customers in the 2 billion pound market.
Business customers using the leased lines include consumer mobile and broadband operators as well as companies, schools, universities and libraries.
“Ofcom is proposing a form of charge control that aims to bring prices down to costs over a three-year period,” the regulator said in a statement. “This type of control, which is linked to inflation based on the consumer price index, provides an incentive for BT to make efficiency gains.”
BT said it believed there should be less regulation in the market and it would be presenting its views on the proposals to the regulator.
“Businesses already have a diverse and growing choice amongst a large number of providers. More regulation could discourage future investment in the UK’s telecoms infrastructure,” BT said in an emailed statement.