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Mottley announces fixed CARICOM roaming rate will take effect this year

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 2:44 PM
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Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Mia Mottley has announced that a "modest" fixed single roaming rate will be implemented for the region this year.

Mottley, who is also the Prime Minister of Barbados, did not give a precise time, saying an agreement on the actual rate and services were not yet finalised.

However, she said the new regime will cover the cost of data for popular social media platforms including those that allow for voice calls.

Mottley said, too, that the roaming rate will include an amount for regional voice calls, and overtime, will include more services.

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In photo: Mia Mottley, CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados 

"The roaming rates in this region are punitive," said Mottley as she addressed the 31st CARICOM Intersessional Heads of Government meeting now under way in Bridgetown, Barbados.

She said in many cases people are bankrupted when they go from one country to another within the region as they have no idea of the cost for roaming telecoms services.

According to the CARICOM chair, regional teams have been working with telecoms providers which will make the technological changes to facilitate the new fixed roaming rate.

"This is what it means for family taking decisions," she said.

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