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
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.