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Introduction

Over the past year, the UK has undergone several reforms, from the approval of the Digital Economy Act to new consumer protection policies and granting greater independence to Openreach.

Highlights

  • Following its review of the leased line market a delay in access to dark fiber is expected.
  • A new Digital Economy Act is approved that reformed the Electronic Communications Code.
  • Ofcom initiates a spectrum auction.

Features and Benefits

  • Offers details of the relevant regulated markets and the players identified as dominant in these markets.
  • Provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in the UK.

Key questions answered

  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in the UK?
  • What are the current regulation and telecoms policies in the UK?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis

Spectrum

  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author