Former Jamaica PM bats for Digicel

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica and Digicel representative P.J. Patterson greets Chief of Protocol Elise Delancy shortly after arriving in New Providence yesterday, for a meeting with Prime Minister Perry Christie on the possibility of Digicel entering the Bahamian market.

NASSAU — Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson and other senior representatives of regional telecommunications provider Digicel presented business proposals to Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday, outlining the company’s plans to enter the Bahamian market.

However, Patterson said he did not want to release any details ahead of the meeting.

“There are some proposals that we would like to discuss with the prime minister,” said Patterson, shortly after he arrived in the country for a one-day visit.

“I think it would be more appropriate for me to speak about it after my meeting with him rather than now.”

Last week, Christie revealed he had several discussions with representatives of Digicel.

Those discussions were by telephone, The Nassau Guardian understands.

Another company official said Digicel is willing to enter the local market once the sector is opened to competition.

“Digicel is always looking for opportunities to bring our special brand of best value mobile communications to more people,” said Antonia Graham, head of group public relations.

“As previously stated, Digicel is interested in providing services in The Bahamas and stands ready and willing to make an application once the right environment and regulatory frameworks are in place.”

Cable and‚Wireless Communications bought 51 per cent of BTC in April 2011. One of the conditions of the sale was that the company would enjoy a monopoly on the mobile phone sector until 2014. (Nassau Guardian)

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