Prepaid calling cards International phone cards
Distance from to
Main Page             Help                
 
 
       
 

UK government wants mobile service providers to share USO burden



06.01.2009

The current telecoms universal service obligation (USO) may be updated to ensure everyone who wants a faster broadband connection, gets it, according to communications minister, Stephen Carter.


Currently, the USO is slightly outdated, requiring BT to provide a telephone landline and dial-up internet service to all UK homes. Carter has revealed that he is considering updating the USO to include the provision of a fast broadband connection to all homes that require it.


Many rural homes are still struggling with slow broadband connection of just several hundred Kb/second and, as a result, the move is likely to be welcomed by the UK public.


Speaking to the Broadcast Press Guild in December, Carter said he would like to see a country, “universally connected to video-capable broadband of 2Mb/sec.” He described this as a starting point for his plans for a better-connected nation.


The new obligation is likely to spread the burden of the USO to mobile internet providers, meaning BT will no longer be solely responsible for the estimated £57-£74 million it costs to fulfill the USO each year. BT has long been calling for other firms to be included in the USO and has previously suggested that its increased investment in fibre broadband be met with a reduction to its existing USO responsibilities.

 

 Related news

 
23.12.2008 Nokia launches Mail on Ovi mobile email service
Nokia has announced it is launching a beta version of its Mail on Ovi mobile email service in twelve different languages to try...
 
09.04.2009 Ofcom may force mobile operators to share spectrum
UK mobile operators are disputing how the 900MHz section of the radio airwaves should be allocated, which has raised speculation...
 
21.04.2008 O2 launches mobile broadband service
O2 has launched a mobile broadband service, giving its customers internet access from a laptop over 3G or Wi-Fi via a plug-in USB...
 
10.02.2009 European business mobile services offer best potential for growth
A new report from ABI Research claims that Europe has the highest adoption of mobile services in the world. European penetration...
 
10.02.2009 European business mobile services offer best potential for growth
A new report from ABI Research claims that Europe has the highest adoption of mobile services in the world. European penetration...