Panel discussions coming on CWC, Flow merger

John Reid, president of Columbus Communications

Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International will, from Monday, embark on a major public relations campaign in the wake of widespread criticism of the deal brokered between the two companies.

In a release issued today, the companies said special “consumer panels” would be convened in 14 markets throughout the region effective Monday to facilitate constructive discussion about the proposed merger.

“These panels provide an excellent opportunity for our customers to understand the vision of the new company and the benefits that they will enjoy as a result of this merger,” said John Reid, president of Columbus Communications.

The media release stated, “CWC and Columbus will also use the panels to give customers and stakeholders a greater understanding of how the merger will impact the Pan-Caribbean region. These discussions will highlight the pro-competitive nature of this deal, as well as the far-reaching benefits it will have on the development of the region’s infrastructure and the furthering of its general information and communication technology (ICT) agenda.”

Yesterday, it was announced that CWC shareholders had voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger.


7 Responses to Panel discussions coming on CWC, Flow merger

  1. Al Cooze December 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    John, is it really a merger?….. Just saying!

  2. Micheline Walton-Waterman
    Micheline Walton-Waterman December 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I don’t usually stupses online but Stupse. They done figure out a way to continue their strangle hold and just having panels so we don’t die fast. Loose your choke hold I can’t breathe.

  3. John Everatt December 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    If there is no competition then C&W will deliver exactly the kind of service that they have always delivered. If the FTC grants this merger then the people of this island will again be stuck with what they have always been stuck with. That is one company without competition offering sub-par service and product while calling it re-branding or what ever the current tag that they put on it. It was not too long ago that the CEO of C&W promised a new company to serve the people with the new name LIME. Really, did anything change with them at all? Please ask yourself if things will change for the better as they have promised with this buy-out. l for one do not think so. Barbadians will lose.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 7, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Yet again C&W (LIME) find it possilbe to keep their fingers wrap around the throats of us here in Barbados . No matter how FLOW put it things will be back to “business as usual” .

  5. Alex Alleyne December 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Come COMCAST , you are Comcastic . Things here in Barbados are s-w-e-e-t. come and enjoooooooy.

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  7. Lewis Marley December 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Dont see a problem myself. The Goverment can licence more mobile and cable operators any time it wants. The only folk that need to fear this merger are Digicel, the biggest communication company in the region who don’t want tougher competition.


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