Ozone coming

Another mobile company on the cards

A new mobile telephone company is set to begin operations here, providing competition for the established telecommunications companies and an additional option for Barbadian customers.

Canadian telecommunications firm, Ozone, will begin operating in June, official sources told Barbados TODAY. Minister responsible for Energy and Telecommunications in the Prime Minister’s Office Senator Darcy Boyce confirmed to Barbados TODAY that Ozone had been issued a licence for sometime now and expressed the hope that the company was ready to enter the market soon.

An officer of the Energy and Telecommunications Division, who asked not to be identified, also revealed that the licence was issued at least two years ago.

A posting on the business crowdfunding platform, EquityNet, makes reference to Ozone Wireless Barbados Inc, stating that it would “rapidly deploy a full IP wireless 4G / LTE fixed and mobile Internet services network” across Barbados.

It states that Ozone had been awarded the necessary mobile licenses “and, importantly, sufficient bandwidth in the critical 700 MHz range.

The company will deploy its own infrastructure and will be the first to deploy a high 4G LTE network in Barbados, according to the posting.

“The senior management is highly experienced and includes former senior executives from C&W [Cable & Wireless] Caribbean,” it states.

Promising to “disrupt” the market, it indicates that the country has approximately 480,000 available subscribers and an additional 1.1 million visitors but that the penetration of smart phones is under 40 per cent, mainly due to the absence of high-speed data networks.  “With our own high-speed network and few constraints, we can disrupt the market by offering unmatched mobile Internet/data speeds, high level of network stability and connectivity, ‘all-you-can-eat’ data packages, aggressive incentives to increase the low smart phone market penetration, completely flexible choice for consumers [including] month-to-month contracts and no long-term commitment,” it promises.

The sole person associated with the company mentioned in the post is Pierre McMaster, whose LinkedIn profile reveals little about him, except that he is an entrepreneur, is involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and is a partner in the Canadian equity firm, Novacap and TowerLook, a firm which assists companies looking to raise equity or to complete M&A transaction.

According to the Energy and Telecommunications Division four companies – Cable & Wireless (Flow); Digicel (Barbados) Ltd; Sunbeach Communications Inc and Ozone Communications Inc – have been granted licences to operate here. (NC)

18 Responses to Ozone coming

  1. Marsha Layne
    Marsha Layne April 2, 2016 at 5:10 am

    This time I am definately switching….hope we hv number mobility by then…

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  2. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith April 2, 2016 at 5:19 am

    The amount of money barbadians pay for mobile services is unbelievable, no wonder another is coming.. Remember to start with they’re going to be 15 to 20 % cheaper but will change as soon as they hit the amount of subscribers. Remember the mobile VAT charges the Flow was going to take? When I warned you that its a bluff and false marketing.

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  3. Tony Webster April 2, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Best bet/ advice to the Ozone shareholders: : sell the license- or the company- to someone with LOTS of spare cash- and a deficiency of business smarts.

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  4. Tête La
    Tête La April 2, 2016 at 5:33 am

    300,000 people can only have and spend so much money and there is only so much profit a company can make from the same people over and over

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  5. lennox hewitt April 2, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Competition good want more than 2 companies here so i glad there r comming cause these 2 we got could be cheaper but there dont got much competition so yes let them come ill be trying ozone out 2

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  6. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid April 2, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Come

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  7. Raysymbolic April 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Digital is the way forward….

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  8. jrsmith April 2, 2016 at 7:17 am

    This is good for Bajans, this is good for Barbados telecoms and even better ,the new company would deploy they own infrastructure ,meaning not been able to be held for ransom, by the cartel.. now we bajans have a choice some good competition..
    Still always saying Barbados would be the guinea pig, for many corporates because Barbados is there for the taking but not by Bajans…

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  9. jrsmith April 2, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Barbados being a guinea for the corporates is not a bad thing which should bring some jobs , but all depends on how productive bajans behave , they have to show they can work stop being lazy…

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  10. Elizabeth April 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

    That company will be purchased by one of the existing telecommunication companies on the island. The first to purchase that company will be ahead of the the game and wouldn’t have to worry about about infrastructure.

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  11. Paul Rapson April 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

    A simple way to get the Bajans on board is with al postpaid packages to give, yes GIVE you a phone, as is done throughout the world, right now we have expensive packages and you still have to buy yr phone, then at the end of a year as is done overseas, give you a new phone!

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  12. Realist April 2, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Cable & Wireless / Flow going to buy out that company so don’t fool your selves

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  13. J. Payne April 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    The other two based in Jamaica. I gone switch and support local.

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  14. J. Payne April 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    They gon market to tourists too it sounds like. Plus they could probably market to the companies back in Canada. Don’t forget Columbus/Flow started off by Canadians. Mostly execs who left Persona Cable.

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  15. Alex Alleyne April 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Money to be made in BIM , so let me go down there and cash in .

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  16. Cecil P April 2, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Competition is great let them gather the more the merrier let them fight against them selves its good for u. as soon as one drop it’s rates .the rest will have to follow or lose customers I don’t know for the life of me why in bim they don’t give free calls from 5pm to 7am weekdays and weekends free calls from Saturday until Monday morning that’s a package they should have @ the north pole there is so many cell phone companies competition is great and don’t talk about the specials we’re loving it . and u will 2 good luck

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  17. Cecil P April 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    @ the north pole there were 2 land lines and 2 cell lines for a long time there were taken us to the cleaners. from the time the cell phones start springing up that’s when all hell brake loose those 2 companies start dropping they rates like crazy they stat losing customers left right and center and it’s still going on every day there is someone coming up with some kind of special

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  18. natasha graham March 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Just hope ozone would not treat are victimizes it staff like FLOW.

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