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Published:Wednesday | January 14, 2015 | 1:00 AM

LIME adds 160,000 subscribers

LIME Caribbean announced Monday that its regional markets added 160,000 new customers in the last two months of 2014, arising from upgrades to its networks and holiday deals.

The company credited its US$1.05-billion Marlin investment programme being executed across its markets to upgrade network speed and expand broadband services.

"This is a significant achievement for any network and we thank our current customers for staying with us and the new customers for choosing LIME," said Martin Roos, CEO of LIME Caribbean, in a company issued release.

Roos also announced that LIME would soon be introducing a new service called 'Quad Play' that will converge customers' mobile, broadband and fixed line services "for availability almost anywhere".

Winfresh suspends banana purchase

Fruit importer and distributor Winfresh UK Limited has suspended the purchase of bananas from "core farmers" in Dominica because of the quality of the fruit, says Charles Watty, president of the National Fair Trade Organisation.

Watty said Winfresh has been concerned for weeks about the quality of the fruit and the fact that Dominica does not have a proper management system to contain the Black Sigatoka, a leaf-spot disease of banana plants caused by the fungus, Mycosphaerella fijiensis.

"As a result of that, you have uneven ripening of the fruits..."