TBI and Digicel battle over long-distance offering

20 Oct 2011

TeleBermuda International (TBI) has had its court case against Digicel Bermuda adjourned until a later date, reports local daily The Royal Gazette. TBI has launched legal action against Digicel over its new long-distance offering, accusing the telco of not complying with its licence. Last week the pan-Caribbean group launched a long-distance voice telephony service for its post-paid customers, following its acquisition of local internet service provider (ISP) Transact.

TBI’s litigation seems to have drawn to an early close following Digicel’s revelation that customers using its long-distance service signed contracts with Transact, which is authorised to offer long-distance voice telephony over internet protocol, although the service is marketed under the Digicel brand. The presiding judge Ian Kawaley adjourned the case to review the evidence presented by Digicel, commenting that it was ‘easy to get confused,’ pointing out that the service is offered to the cellco’s post-paid mobile customers, ‘but Transact does not have mobile customers.’