LIME formally handed wholesale broadband provider licence

9 May 2011

LIME, the Caribbean unit of UK-based telecoms provider Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), has officially signed a deal with the telecoms regulator in the Dominican Repubic under which it will be allowed to sell wholesale broadband services to local operators. With investment by the British company expected to be at least DOP175 million (USD4.56 million) in rolling out wholesale products, it has been handed a wholesale concession under Resolution No.146-10, which was issued by Indotel’s board back on 19 October 2010. The contract between the watchdog and CWC states that the provision of services ‘must be undertaken …. under conditions that ensure fair competition, effective and sustainable within the telecommunications sector in the Dominican Republic.’ Commenting on the new concession, Jamaican news service The Gleaner cited LIME’s COO David Crawford as saying: ‘LIME will continue enhancing its wholesale proposition as we keep leading the provision of capacity, connectivity, and carrier services within the region … Our wholesale offering will directly help stimulate broadband in the Dominican Republic since we will be enabling more capacity at a lower cost than local operators have ever had access to before.’

The development comes after LIME in February 2011 announced that installation of its East-West undersea cable system linking Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic had been completed, a link that it claimed will triple available bandwidth and reduce interconnection costs in the latter.