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CWC company acquires small wifi rival DEKAL

Published:Wednesday | December 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
LIME Jamaica CEO Garfield Sinclair (left) is seen here with CEO of DEKAL Wireless, David Lee. - File

LIME Jamaica announced the acquisition of DEKAL Wireless, an Internet service provider whose services are mainly focused on rural Jamaicans, but declined to identify the specific buyer, said only to be "a member of the CWC Group".

LIME, which is owned by Cable & Wireless Communications Plc, will take over operation of the business immediately, even while the deal to purchase the shares of DEKAL's parent awaits regulatory approval.

The acquisition price was not disclosed, because DEKAL is a private company, LIME Jamaica said. The purchase comes amid the pending merger of CWC and Columbus International, which, too, is awaiting regulatory approval across several Caribbean markets.

DEKAL, which is run by CEO David Lee, offers wireless broadband services out of Port Antonio.

LIME says DEKAL's state-of-the-art Wi-Fi compatible technology will extend its reach deeper into rural Jamaica.

The acquisition gives LIME an additional 15,000 customers served by DEKAL, but LIME indicated to Wednesday Business that it would now be able to deli-ver service to more than 10 times that number of persons using DEKAL's assets.

"The value of the business is equal to our capability to deliver wireless high-speed broadband Internet service to at least another 200,000 persons in rural Jamaica," the telecom said last night.

"This is a unique opportunity for LIME to connect more Jamaicans and play our part in bringing Jamaica's Internet penetration level to global standards. This initiative ensures that no one is left behind as we move towards becoming a more connected society," said LIME Jamaica CEO Gary Sinclair in a joint press release on the acquisition.

DEKAL Wireless utilises SuperWi-Fi technology to deliver service nationally. Its business model and market strategy were built on servicing areas of Jamaica that the big telecoms do not or where network penetration is low.

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