British Telecom ordered to offer rivals access

British Telecom has been ordered to offer rivals access to its local network at unmetered rates. The ruling, by telecommunications regulator Oftel, is likely to bring cheaper internet access and improve the UK’s fortunes in e-business. Other operators will now pay a flat rate of £424.25 for each 64kB of network capacity. MCI WorldCom, a […]

British Telecom has been ordered to offer rivals access to its local network at unmetered rates. The ruling, by telecommunications regulator Oftel, is likely to bring cheaper internet access and improve the UK’s fortunes in e-business. Other operators will now pay a flat rate of £424.25 for each 64kB of network capacity. MCI WorldCom, a US operator, had complained after being refused unmetered access to BT’s local network.

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