A new kid on the telecoms block

A new contender has officially entered the local telecommunications market. Ozone Wireless, officially introduced its flagship store in Manor Lodge, St Michael, on Friday night with much fanfare.

The new telecoms operator, which promises “low and affordable rates for consumers”, will be competing with the longstanding providers FLOW and Digicel.

Senator Darcy Boyce, who has responsibility for Telecommunications, Energy, Immigration and Invest Barbados, welcomed the newest telecom operator’s plans to expand within an 18-month period.

“We try to keep on having this competition in the field and we couldn’t get past two operators so I am happy to have this one launched tonight with a different business model . . . I expect them to stay much longer than the others,” Boyce said while noting that this has been the third or fourth time he has issued a telecoms licence.

Boyce said that his Ministry is revising the Telecommunications Act to encourage competition and expand the sector.

“First of all we are shortly going to introduce quality of service standards for the mobile market. We are not happy that the quality of service isn’t as good as it ought to be . . . so we are going to do something about that with the Telecoms Act,” Boyce said.

“We will also change the Telecommunications Act to ensure that it is not quite so easy to change ownership of the telecommunication companies and they keep their licences because we want to make sure that competition continues,” he added.

Delivering brief remarks, President and General Manager of Ozone Wireless, Sylvain Tasse thanked those in attendance for the warm reception and his team for a job well done.

“The vision was to create a competitive offering to Bajans . . . with outstanding support from LTE we are now making this service available to Barbadians,” he said.

16 Responses to A new kid on the telecoms block

  1. concern bajan voter July 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    They too will be taken over by Flow.

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  2. concern bajan voter July 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Liberty has taken Flow & will also take over Digicel.
    Just a matter of time.
    We as the consumer are pretty much F—–.

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  3. Saga Boy July 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    They will do the same as Digicell. Frankly I don’t see any significant difference in the proposed rates.

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  4. John Everatt July 16, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I look forward to seeing the competition that was promised by the Fair Trading Commission when C&W swallowed up FLOW. That never happened although it was one of the conditions of the deal. Let’s hope that Liberty does not have the same opportunity to kill the competition that C&W had.

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  5. straight talk July 16, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Low and affordable rates my a$$ you go to make us smell hell just like thee others

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  6. jrsmith July 16, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I always say the telecoms market in Barbados needs to be more opened for competition but ….. also the government needs to be honest , setting competition standards ,to reign in the cartels which is fronted by companies from overseas , who come to use barbados as a guinea pig to step off into the region………………..
    Because the lack of business skills , by our politicians and so call experts in government , not being able to negotiate at the levels required bajans will all loose out ………….. ……………………….

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  7. Tony Webster July 16, 2017 at 6:25 am

    How did Bajans manage to live, in the 1950’s and even before…with only Redifusion; no hand-calculators; no TV; no internet?? The Minister’s afiirmation of “ring-fencing” each operating license, is a good idea, but will not in and of itelf, completely protect the consumer, as Liberty ( or any other entity at the top of the totem pole) could simply buy the competitor….and continue to run it , perhaps more closely focussed on a specific slice of the market!

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  8. fedup July 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

    De body dat talking bout dee 50’s.. who stopping you? And tuh d ressa clowns..Flow and Digicel got sain dat yuh could use outside uh yuh house name Mifi? I want um.

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  9. Alex Alleyne July 16, 2017 at 9:24 am

    “LOW AND AFFORDABLE RATES”…..For me The most pressing issue with FLOW & DIGICEL is customer service , they take our money and then treat us like garbage. Try calling anyone of them and try to get an issue solve , but then they are quick to call you on your cell reminding you that “you need to top up because you account is low”. In other words “we need MORE of your MONEY”.

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  10. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 16, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Really remember all that glitters ain’t gold.

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  11. Alex Alleyne July 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

    WHAT ABOUT A TV LICENCE TO VOB ????????? Senator Boyce ????.
    ITS LONG OVER DUE. This in on longer the “dark-ages”. One TV station own and control by government just not good enough for Bim.

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  12. Sheron Inniss July 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I have one cell phone. It is considered out of date but I do not care. I am ruling that not the other way around. It works, case closed. The computer home will do the rest. It seems to me the telecom industry is like politicians – 6 is 1/2 dozen and 1/2 dozen is 6. Cuss Digicel when the want cussing and call it a day. Can you imagine that my flip phone came with the internet service and they just turn it off. I asked a question and got no satisfaction. I dun with that. My prepaid top-ups will last a little longer. The computer home ain’t move.

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  13. Bunn July 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Give me a break! When DLP added taxes on data we still end up paying more? Oh please. You guys simply have no vision.

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  14. lmlayson July 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Gimme a break! We dont need any more ‘kids on the block’ telecom or otherwise! And tell me Cable and Wireless, are you still here? Why dont you ‘let our people go’. When the electricity goes off will our phones shut down too? I understand that when FLOW entered the arena we were given a device/piece of apparatus/equipment so that we could still have our landlines – and then they stopped supplying them? Why does our phone ‘shut down’ when the electricity goes off? What would happen if we had a storm or hurricane, God forbid? Is anyone from OZONE reading this? Is anyone in our Government in whatever Dept. reading this? What about the ‘Fair Trading’ are they reading this?
    We NEED to have our LANDLINES operational AT ALL TIMES!! We are sick and tired of all the catchy names. Where can we find the new listings for our friends and whoever? If the service that has been monopolised is being passed on and on and on, we NEED a better service, one more accountable to the citizens and residents of Barbados. Why are we being savaged and held to ransom by these sometimes unmannerly foreign call centres who sometimes speak too quickly, dont have or cant find the info that we need and with foreign accents? Business people who come to our shores must be in a quandry as to the aforementioned. Cant all of the above be done in Barbados? We need JOBS for Barbadians. Have a nice day.

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    • Madrebts July 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Chill out!!! And try something new and different in 2017.

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  15. DE July 16, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    lmlayson, couple things, you have a some incorrect information published. If Cable & Wireless let they people go, then when the electricity goes of then the whole island will be out of service and I mean internet, TV and land line.
    Second, Flow never provide backup power to their service, it was Cable & Wireless who was providing that service until Flow took over the network. If you are still on the copper line, then the outage of electricity will not hampered your service. I agreed with you that our land line should functioning under those condition. But you know what, all the authorities associated with telecommunication in this island should be plant in the ground and run telephone cables on top of their heads.
    Apart from Cable & Wireless, they issue license to all the other service provider, then they take out Cable & Wireless redundancy Service and put in none redundancy service in the homes and some business of customers and then telling the customer to purchase a UPS to back up their system. That is backward and unjust and none of the authorities are doing anything about it, except the government who fine it fitting to make some money off the customer by putting 22% tax on the cell phones. Only in Barbados

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