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OECS calls emergency meeting to discuss C&W, Columbus merger

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 4:26 PM

Telecommunications ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are to meet today to discuss ramifications of the planned merger of the British telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications International.



St Lucia's Telecommunication Minister Dr James Fletcher the members of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority will meet for the talks, which he described as are crucial given the fact that the recent merger is a source of grave concern to the entire region.



The talks are expected to result in the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority formulating proposals from the merger announced two weeks ago.



Director General of the OECS Commission, Dr Didicus Jules, is also expected to attend the meeting, which is being held amidst several concerns about the monopolisation of the delivery of internet services.



Last month, the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority warned that both Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications could be in breach of their licenses if they engage in activities, which can unfairly prevent, restrict, or distort competition.



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