Government defers Telecom Bill again – 22nd Nov 2012
Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, announced in the National Assembly today, that discussions have started with the two major players in the local telecom sector, GT&T and Digicel over the administration’s move to break up the monopoly on international voice and data. The Telecommunications Bill was again deferred by the Assembly as the Government engages the two companies on their concerns and some other issues. There have been moves over the past year to open up the sector. The Government even sold its 20% stake in GT&T, but just when it was expected that the bill would have been passed, clearing the air for an open sector, the Government put everything on hold by deferring the bill and it has been doing so for months now. Digicel has in the past, expressed its concerns over the issue and GT&T has been racking up some concerns of its own.