Feeds

BT ordered to pay £95m to rivals it overcharged for FIVE years

Backhaul rates unjustified, rules Ofcom

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

BT overcharged its rivals £95m between 2006 and 2011 - and will pay the excess back to TalkTalk, Virgin Media and others following an Ofcom probe.

There were three investigations in total: one was triggered by Verizon UK, another by Cable & Wireless and the third by an aggregation of ISPs including TalkTalk and Sky.

They all claimed that since April 2005 BT overcharged for its Backhaul Extension Service (which connects unbundled exchanges to an ISP's network) and Wholesale Extension Service (connecting bits of the network together), both of which are provided by BT for a one-off fee and ongoing rate, and it's this rate that Ofcom feels was exceeded.

Not that the communications watchdog jumped to that conclusion; its investigation started in September 2010 and involved appeals and counter appeals as well as additional evidence from BT as it sought to justify the charges.

And it's not over yet.

"We are disappointed with Ofcom's determination that we overcharged," the national telco told us in a statement. "We are considering all options available other us, including appealing."

Ofcom issued a draft decision eight months ago, and this final ruling is much the same so it isn't that much of a surprise. BT is keen to point out that it has the money stashed away just in case it loses or decides against prolonging the process any further. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable
Don't worry, it'll be cheaper when they use drones
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?