UPDATE: Digicel to expedite process for deployment of phone jammers in prisons
Digicel has sought to explain why it has taken more than four months to complete the process necessary for the installation of mobile phone jamming equipment in prisons as part of a strategy to deal with organised crime.
Earlier today, The Gleaner reported that at a meeting yesterday, the National Security Minister Robert Montague reprimanded Digicel for failing to address specific national security concerns that were identified from as far back as August.
In a statement late Friday evening, Digicel CEO David Butler said the process has now been expedited.
See full statement below:
There are no national security concerns in relation to our licence obligations and this request from the minister.
Digicel requested a meeting with Minister Montague to discuss the Safe City Project.
At that meeting on Thursday, the Minister also expressed a desire to move forward with telecoms providers to deploy mobile phone jamming equipment in prisons as part of a strategy to mitigate against organised crime.
Out of good corporate citizenship, Digicel gave its commitment to continue discussions with equipment providers and local telecoms partners in order to come up with the most appropriate industry solution.
Due to the variety of technical options, it took us longer than usual to complete the process.
We have expedited the process and expect to be in a position to properly advise the Minister on a solution by next week.