UK Supreme Court upholds CAT’s assessment of Ofcom’s 08x numbers determinations

For the first time, the UK Supreme Court considered Ofcom’s powers under the UK telecommunications regulation regime which was introduced by the Communications Act 2003. The 08x numbers appeal arose out of a dispute between BT and the four principal mobile network operators about the charges payable by them to BT in respect of the termination on BT’s network of calls to 080, 0845 and 0870 numbers.

In this article, first published in the latest edition of Communications Law (Vol 20, nr 1 2015), Graham Read QC and John Townsend review the decisions of Ofcom, the CAT, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The implications of the Supreme Court judgment are significant for understanding the Communications Act 2003 and the EU framework within which Ofcom must operate.

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