Fixed line competition hots up

20 Aug 2007

Jamaican cableco Flow has announced it will cut its fixed line telephony rates ‘significantly’. The rate reduction follows Cable & Wireless Jamaica’s announcement that it will increase its tariffs at the end of this month, as a way to offset growing operational expenses. Flow claims it has cut rates on landline services by over 70% since 1 July, while the former telecoms monopoly has increased rates by between 5% and 10%. Flow offers a triple-play package of services, comprising cable TV, high-speed internet connectivity and voice telephony. In addition, Flow is offering customers a flat-rate tariff for on-net calls priced at JOD495 (USD7.2) per month, almost half the cost of Cable and Wireless’ comparable plan.

According to a Flow spokesperson, the company’s telephony customer base doubled in July, on the announcement of the rate cut. ‘Within the one and a half months (that) we have offered these rates, we are 125% above our expectations from where we were at,’ the spokesperson said.

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