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Opposition suggests special concessions given to major telecoms players

Published:Saturday | May 3, 2014 | 10:06 AM

The Opposition is suggesting that special concessions were given to the islands major telecoms players to get them to renew their licences early as the Government sought to close its revenue shortfall.

The renewal of the licences saw some $12.7 billion being paid into the public purse by the telecommunications companies.

However, Opposition Spokesman on ICT and Digital Society Development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, is raising concerns about concessions he believes were made to secure the cooperation of the companies.

He is accusing Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell of removing the cap on the space on the spectrum available to any telecoms entity.

He says the cap instituted under the Aggregate Spectrum Cap Policy, seeks to prevent hoarding and monopolisation of the spectrum and encourage competition in the industry.

Wheatley is now calling for Paulwell to immediately provide the nation with details on the 2013 Aggregate Spectrum Cap Policy.

He wants Paulwell to outline any variations between that initial policy and the situation that now obtains.


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