OFCOM, the UK telecoms regulatory, recently published the results of its determination on a set of disputes relating to BT’s charges for wholesale Ethernet services to Sky, TalkTak, Virgin Media, Cable & Wireless and Verizon.

The disputes concerned BT’s charges for “Wholesale Extension Services” and “Backhaul Extension Services”, used by communications providers to provide broadband and high speed dedicated data circuits. As a result of the determination BT will be forced to repay almost £100m to these providers and OFCOM specifically says that if other BT customers approach BT seeking similar repayment they’d expect BT to take account of this determination in considering that claim.

The bottom line, then, is that service providers who have been purchasing these services from BT in recent years may be entitled to a potentially significant refund.

The determination is at:

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/ethernet-services/annexes/Ethernet_FD.pdf