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Montague reprimands Digicel over national security concern

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 1:38 PM
Digicel head office in downtown Kingston.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

There are reports this afternoon that officials at the telecommunications company Digicel  have been reprimanded by the Government for failing to address specific national security concerns that were identified from as far back as last August.

Government insiders say Digicel officials, including Chief Executive Officer David Butler, were called to a meeting by National Security Minister Robert Montague at his St Andrew offices yesterday.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, Montague confirmed that he met with officials of the telecommunications company, but declined to comment on the issues that were discussed.

Government insiders say the specific national security concerns were discussed with officials at Digicel yesterday were the subject of talks nearly five months ago.

According to one source, the company has since acquired the technology to address the concerns, but have failed to implement it.

Head of communications at Digicel, Elon Parkinson could not immediately comment on the matter but promised to investigate and reply.

livern.barrett@gleanerjm.com