The Digicel Chief Executive Officer Dwayne Tulloch has reportedly told the government that it wants access to the fibre-optic cable owned by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority.
The CEO said this is necessary as expansion of its services is planned for the near future, and that expanded services which their customers demand can only be met if Digicel has access to the existing fibre-optic network owned by APUA.
According to a press release issued by the government, the prime minister reported on the demand for space on the spectrum which the APUA Telecoms requires, in order to meet its own customer demand; further, the Head of Government made it clear that the division of the useful spectrum among the carriers is an important undertaking which the APUA needs immediately, in order to increase its market reach.
“After significant discussions, the Prime Minister and the Digicel officials agreed the differences between the Government/APUA and Digicel can be bridged. The Prime Minister called on the General Manager of APUA to provide wide-ranging answers and was told that a comprehensive review can be undertaken in three weeks. The APUA will present a formal plan to the Cabinet which will examine the workability of a partnership between APUA/PCS and Digicel, without loss of employment. On behalf of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.”
The team will meet again in mid-August 2018.
They expressed serious interest in the proposed partnership with APUA/PCS and undertook to discuss the issue with their principals for further consideration at the August meeting.
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