Rental cut plan for BTBT pressured to cut line rental charges

10 November 2005

Phone customers look set to get a better deal after the phone regulator put pressure on BT to cut the amount it charges other companies for renting its lines.

Communications regulator Ofcom wants to see BT reduce its wholesale line rental (WLR) prices from GBP 8.74 to GBP 8.39 per month for each line.

WLR is the price that other phone companies pay for renting lines from BT. The companies then resell the use of the lines on to their customers.

Any price cut should feed through to consumers in the form of cheaper bills. Ofcom has asked telecoms firms to submit responses to the proposals by 12 December.

It says the proposed changes would promote the continued growth of competition in the phone market and offer increased value for money for consumers and businesses.