Pan-Caribbean wireless group Digicel has announced that it will launch its Antiguan network on Friday. Digicel acquired the GSM operating licence last year from Cingular Wireless, as part of that group’s decision to sell off non-core assets.
The Antiguan telecoms market has recently been widely criticised internationally for being non-competitive. Information, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Minister Edmond Mansoor claims the government has been working closely with incumbent Cable & Wireless towards its goal of liberalising the telecommunications industry, and has had ‘very fruitful and ongoing dialogue with that company’. According to Mansoor, Cable and Wireless’ monopoly on international telecommunications services could be ended as soon as the end of 2006, some six years before it is contractually due.