[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Thursday, 18 August 2005, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
Cheaper phone calls 'on the way'
A telephone
Cheaper phone calls could be on the way
The cost of landline telephone calls could fall by up to 400m over the next four years, thanks to price changes being put in place by regulator Ofcom.

From 1 October, Ofcom is introducing new limits to the price BT charges to carry calls and dial-up internet between the UK's telephone exchanges.

Ofcom says that together with effective competition in the sector, the price savings could take place by 2008.

It hopes that telephone providers will pass the savings onto consumers.

The price reductions - which could be between 350m and 400m - should be enjoyed by both homes and businesses, it added.

Ofcom said the change recognised the continuing growth of competition in the landline telephone marketplace.




SEE ALSO:
BT ducks break-up with price cuts
23 Jun 05 |  Business
Ofcom cuts prices for BT rivals
16 Dec 04 |  Business
Ofcom demands BT mindset change
18 Nov 04 |  Business
BT told to open network to rivals
18 Nov 04 |  Business


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific