BT has won the right to circulate comparisons between its prices and those of Cable and Wireless Communications.
A High Court judge has thrown out an injunction, won by CWC against BT, to stop the UK giant comparing prices.
CWC recently won a temporary injunction, preventing BT from claiming that most small and medium-sized business customers who are using CWC's best indirect price package will make savings by using the best package from BT. However, the judge has now lifted the injunction while both telcos work to prove their respective claims.
BT's claim in question was published in a report verified by chartered accountants, Deloitte & Touche. The telco analysed 63 million calls from 211,000 BT business customer sites, using BT's prices and a number of CWC price packages current at 1 October 1997.
According to BT, many customers had smaller bills with BT when the cost of the whole bill is taken into account. "Where CWC is cheaper, the differences are much smaller than those claimed by CWC," suggested BT.
CWC declined to comment on the recent decision but said it is working on proving its claim.
Afshin Mohebbi, marketing director of BT's business division said: "We always believed it was in the interest of UK businesses for us to clarify the real cost of business telephony charges."
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