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Phone rage

Phone rage

Telecommunications companies operating here are being accused of playing games with consumers in the wake of this week’s announcement by Digicel that it was raising its rates beginning in the New Year. The consumer rights agency Barbados Consumer Research Organisation (BarCRO) is incensed at the companies’ treatment of customers, stopping just short of accusing both […]

Two sudden resignations at Flow

Two sudden resignations at Flow

Telecommunications giant Flow has been hit by two sudden resignations. Head of Marketing Shelly Ann Hee Chung and Vice President of Cable & Wireless Business Jaggernauth Dass have parted ways with the company. Hee Chung, who previously served as director of corporate marketing and communications between January and June 2013, also worked as marketing and […]

Digi-rise

Digi-rise

Customers of “The Bigger, Better Network” can prepare to pay a bigger slice of the 22 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) which Government imposed on mobile phone services at the start of this year. The cell phone provider is hinting strongly that it will begin passing on to subscribers, the additional 4.5 per cent […]

Digicel responds to reports of a third player

Digicel responds to reports of a third player

Telecommunications provider Digicel said it was not bothered by the prospect of a third company entering the local market. Currently, Digicel and FLOW are the two telecommunication companies operating here, but a third company has indicated it planned to begin offering mobile service this year. Digicel CEO Conor Looney, who took up the post at […]

Parliament to debate cell phone VAT

Parliament to debate cell phone VAT

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler today announced that legislation aimed at increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on mobile services will be tabled in Parliament next Tuesday. The legislation would see the tax on voice, data and text messaging moving from 17 .5 per cent to 22 per cent in January 2016. Sinckler also disclosed that […]

Three telecoms firms in Internet Exchange

Three telecoms firms in Internet Exchange

Three local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Barbados Internet Exchange (BARIX). Representatives of Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Limited, Columbus Barbados and Digicel (Barbados) Limited are all signatories to the agreement, which was signed yesterday at a ceremony witnessed by Minister responsible for Telecommunications Senator Darcy Boyce. Senator Boyce […]

Telecoms minister satisfied with FTC decision

Telecoms minister satisfied with FTC decision

With the merger of telecommunications companies LIME and FLOW, one Government official says he is looking forward to robust competition within the domestic sector. Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce said he was not expecting anything less than vigorous competition between the merged company and its […]

Mixed reaction to FTC’s decision

Mixed reaction to FTC’s decision

A sad day for Barbados! That’s how one consumer rights group described the Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) decision to approve the Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications Inc. merger application. One communications analyst said the decision raised a number of questions. In an immediate response to the ruling handed down just after 10 o’clock this morning, […]

Okayed!

Okayed!

The Fair Trading Commission announced today it had approved the application from Cable and Wireless, trading as LIME, and Columbus Communications, trading as FLOW, for a merger of their business operations in Barbados. However, several conditions attached to approval of the merger emphasize the interests of telecommunications customers who are in line to receive a […]

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