Saturday 20 April, 2019

Digicel to seek meeting with Antiguan PM

Digicel will be seeking an urgent meeting with Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne following comments made about the regional telecoms giant. 

According to reports out of Antigua, Browne, speaking on his privately owned radio station, accused Digicel and Flow of raping Antigua and Barbuda.

Browne reportedly accused the companies of selling Broadband services to the Antiguan Public Utilities Authority at a mark up of 600 percent, adding that they are raping the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

"Digicel notes with consternation the statements made today in the press by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda with regard to its commercial practices; statements which were both inaccurate and inappropriate," Digicel said in a release. 

"With serious issues around the liberalisation of the fixed-line market and number portability to name but two - this is just the latest in a series of moves being made to stifle competition in the telecoms market in Antigua and Barbuda for the benefit of the state-owned APUA.

"With a global customer base of over 14 million and a total investment of over US$5 billion and as champions of competition in the telecoms market across the Caribbean, Digicel will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to address these issues and chart a positive way forward for all parties and for the benefit of citizen-consumers."

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