Digicel wants access to APUA’s fibre-optic network

Dwayne Tulloch

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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  1. Dear Mr. Prime Minister, a former Telecommunications Minister did everything in his power to cripple APUA Telecoms by denying our locally owned entity spectrum allocation. APUA has the most advanced equipment in Antigua/Barbuda, but because of greed and graft, they were left in the cold. This is because the former Minister demanded that APUA’s Fibre-optic cable be terminated at a privately owned company. How could that be?

    Now that APUA Telecoms is beginning to become more competitive, the beneficiaries of the one-sided arrangements now want to bite-in on the APUA advanced system? No way Mr. PM. “Is we time now”.

  2. Jerome does have a point there. What is going to be the real benefit for Antigua and will anyone try to freeze out APUA again. Remember that former Telecoms minister tried to run APUA PCS bankrupt to benefit that said company.

  3. I am not a Digicel customer, but I think the government should give them access to the fibre-optic cable. A little competition is good. The more competition it is would better for consumers. The services and the prices might better among these providers.

  4. How old is this CEO? His face looks young compared to Clement. First Clement was told to sit down when wanting to replace his deceased father in politics. Now this younger guy has overtaken him at digicel. Why is he still sticking around?? Go where you are wanted Clement Samuel.

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