Under the European Framework for Electronic Communications, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) is required to carry out periodic reviews of electronic communication markets in the UK. Ofcom is currently undertaking a further market review to examine the retail and wholesale narrowband fixed telephony services. The review aims to finish in time for any new rules including, if appropriate, any new network charge control (NCC) to take effect when the current network change control expires in September 2013.
Ofcom is also seeking stakeholders' views before they start their substantive analysis of competitive conditions in fixed narrowband telephony markets. The consultation period closes on 28 June 2012.