New mobile phone company set to get approval in Jamaica

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Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell says a new competitor will augur well for the telecommunications sector in Jamaica.

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday January 29, 2016 – Cabinet is considering granting a new cellular licence for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in Jamaica.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell said the application has already been approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Spectrum Management Authority and “is with the Cabinet now for another cellular company to be established in Jamaica”.

“I feel good about that,” he said at the opening of the Energy Services Company (ESCO) Jamaica Conference on Wednesday, noting that granting the new licence will broaden competition in the country’s telecommunications industry.

There are currently two major telecommunications players in the country – Digicel and Flow.

In the meantime, Minister Paulwell said other developments within the sector include the introduction of number portability and “cool location so that a new provider of telecommunications services will now be able to share facilities.”

The ESCO Jamaica Conference, held under the theme ‘Energy Management, Our Future Depends on it’, targeted business owners, contractors, masterbuilders, financiers, policymakers, regulators, providers of energy efficiency and energy renewable services.

It focused on the establishment of an ESCO industry in Jamaica, new opportunities available in the sector, the importance of an ESCO services contract and the requirements for getting ESCOs up and running.

 

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