Organisation: Office of Communications (UK)

DRCF chief: statutory-backed collaboration would be “burdensome”

Giving the UK’s Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum a statutory footing risks harming collaboration between sector enforcers, its top boss has said.

21 November 2023

UK sector regulators slow to take up concurrency arrangements, lawyers say

The UK’s antitrust authority remains the lead competition enforcer despite legislative efforts to strengthen competition enforcement among sector regulators, UK lawyers have said.

25 August 2023

United Kingdom: Significant court judgments and heightened civil enforcement highlight cartel crackdown

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Following Brexit, the Competition and Markets Authority is setting several cartel enforcement targets through to 2026. Legislative proposals boosting CMA authority, decisive action from the Supreme Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal and a notable focus on civil infringements represent key steps to successfully reaching them.

30 June 2023

Ofcom urged to probe telecoms providers for abusive overcharge

An economic consultancy has urged the UK’s telecommunications regulator to open an excessive pricing probe into three telecoms providers after the companies apparently overcharged landline customers by nearly £200 million.

19 April 2023

UK regulator may suggest CMA cloud sector probe into Amazon, Microsoft and Google

The UK’s Office of Communication has signalled an intent to refer its cloud services study to the country’s competition authority to conduct a more in-depth probe that could result in price caps on data transfers and interoperability requirements.

05 April 2023

Ofcom chief economist wary of remedies in telecoms deals

The UK’s communications regulator will need to see a “real demonstration” that access remedies in telecoms mergers will be a “different story” than in the past because they have not previously worked well, the agency’s chief economist has said.

10 March 2023

Ofcom issues rare antitrust fine for emergency services tender collusion

The UK’s communications regulator has fined Sepura £1.5 million for colluding with rival Motorola to rig a tender for telecommunications equipment used by the country’s emergency services, in what is the authority's third antitrust infringement decision.

20 December 2022

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