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Telefónica vs UKIF Over Ofcom Blame

Posted: 25th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Telefónica, which continues to be generally supportive of the UK Internet Federation (UKIF), has today criticised the groups "blame of Ofcom" regarding the recent anger with BT's broadband pricing:

UKIF, the UK Internet Federation, was originally set up to represent ISPs needing to respond to legislative changes affecting their market place but feeling that their grievances were not being listened to. A particular area in which they have been vocal has been Ofcom's anticipated report and recommendations, following an investigation into allegations of unfair pricing by BT.

UKIF members feel that Ofcom's intervention is responsible for them being priced out of the market by larger ISPs who are benefiting from the recent introduction, by BT, of Capacity Based Charging (CBC) in IP Stream.

Telefónica UK, whilst welcoming and supporting the activities of UKIF, consider that their blame of Ofcom is misplaced.

"Telefónica UK believes that Ofcom's intervention was overdue, but absolutely necessary," stated Andrew Peters, CEO, Telefónica UK. "The Ofcom-led price changes are opening up the marketplace, allowing providers like Telefónica UK to offer products at a far more competitive rate. This can only be good news.

We have already successfully migrated V Two One, who are enjoying the benefits of a better service, enabling it to launch the cheapest, uncapped, high-speed broadband connection in the UK,
" added Peters. "ISPs that are unhappy with a lack of choice, whether it is on the price they're paying or the service they're receiving, no longer have to put up and shut up. They can, and should, explore the options available from other providers, like Telefónica UK, who are ready, willing and able to offer them the service they deserve at a competitive price."


It's interesting to finally read another side to the argument; indeed we had expected to see this much earlier, yet to date we've heard next to nothing from those that actually stand to benefit.

Typically ISP’s will have their own reasons for not migrating to another operator.
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