mmO2 and Vodafone will not longer be forced to offer airtime on their UK networks to independent resellers. Oftel, the UK’s telecom regulator, has decided to lift the regulations imposed on the two mobile operators.
According to Oftel, there is evidence that some operators will continue to supply airtime to service providers despite the removal of regulations.
Oftel’s 1999 review of the UK mobile market found that Vodafone and mmO2 (then BT Cellnet) held market power. The regulator went further in March 2000, by stating that the two operators had market influence. However, it then said in September last year that although the companies still hold market power, the sector is competitive.