Now 3 was written to Ofcom, arguing that a lenient approach to penetration would be “highly discriminatory” and any failure to act against non-compliance would arguably be a “breach of a number of Ofcom’s duties”.
Ofcom has said that it will start the formal process of assessing compliance with the 80% target towards the end of 2007 and will report early the following year.
Meanwhile, the European Commission said it has asked Ofcom to reconsider its approach to 3G spectrum costs. The Commission thinks Ofcom’s calculation of wholesale tariffs are keeping termination values higher than necessary because they are based on the inflated prices paid during the 3G spectrum auction.
The commission asked the UK watchdog to ‘reconsider’ the valuations, as Ofcom’s approach may lead to higher consumer prices for consumers.
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