Monday, May 14, 2007

Digicel Files Legal Action against BVI Telecommunications Regulatory Commission

On April 23, BVI Government released a new telecommunications policy outlining that only three current telecom operators in the BVI, namely CCT Global Communications, Cable & Wireless, and BVI Cable TV, will be granted licences to operate in the territory, with a possibility of a fourth considered at a later stage.

After the CCT Global Telecommunications filed for compensation under the Telecommunications Act, 2006, another licence holder Digicel has taken legal action against BVI telecoms regulators.

The telecommunications company whose licence had also been extended to March 31, 2007, made a statement, where again expressed its interest in entering the BVI market, just some days after the application by the company was filed in the High Court against the BVI Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC).

In February, the TRC had rejected Digicel's application for a mobile telecommunications licence, under the reason that it did not meet the provisions set out under the Telecommunications Act. Now the Regulatory Commission, under the decision of the Court, has to consider the same application.

Digicel Group Regulatory & Legal Director, Jan Tjernell, stated that Digicel has been a driving force of mobile liberalisation across the entire Caribbean region; he also said that the company has always been interested and still remains interested in entering the BVI mobile market.

The company's application was filed on April 30, and granted by the court on May 4. It was ruled by the Court that the hearing will continue on May 18; the full judicial review application is also expected to be heard on this date.

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