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Mobile Phones

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with each of the five largest mobile operators on mobile termination rates in the last six months. (205818)

[holding answer 15 May 2008]: My colleagues and I meet regularly with representatives of the five largest mobile operators. The companies raise a range of current issues with us, including mobile termination rates. Ofcom's proposals for mobile termination rates following its consultation last year are currently subject to appeal in front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. In view of that situation, we are not actively discussing the issue with any of the companies at this time.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from the five largest mobile operators on the introduction of two-hour number porting since January 2007. (205819)

[holding answer 15 May 2008]: All the mobile phone network operators meet with my officials on a regular basis to discuss all types of mobile phone-related issues. I am aware that some operators are not comfortable with the arrangements concerning mobile number portability, but these matters are commercially sensitive and we are not able to comment on company specific policy. We understand that these matters are the subject of continuing discussions between Ofcom and the operators.