C&W set back in battle with BT

The court battle between BT and Cable & Wireless Communications over which offers the cheapest telephone services is to continue next year, despite this week’s High Court ruling in BT’s favour.

The court battle between BT and Cable & Wireless Communications

over which offers the cheapest telephone services is to continue next

year, despite this week’s High Court ruling in BT’s favour.



BT won its appeal to lift a temporary injunction preventing it from

circulating a brochure aimed at small businesses.



The marketing brochure claims that, overall, BT is cheaper than CWC for

small- and medium-sized business customers.



CWC, however, claims it is cheaper and obtained an interim injunction

two weeks ago from a High Court judge, stopping BT releasing the

brochure, which had been printed but not distributed.



CWC received a copy of the brochure anonymously and decided to act

before its release.



Mr Justice Jacob criticised CWC for acting too hastily and awarded BT

its costs. He said on the basis of information available to him, BT

would be able to prove the truth of its claim if the matter proceeded to

full trial.



Afshin Mohebbi, marketing director of BT business division, said: ’The

headline savings quoted by some of our competitors can give a misleading

impression to businesses about the savings they will receive on their

phone bill. The report puts the record straight.’



A CWC spokesman said it intends to take the matter to full trial. ’CWC

did not have enough time to put its case together. However, we will

prove BT is incorrect,’ he said.



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