Digicel strikes back at LIME

25 Jun 2012

Digicel Jamaica has introduced a new tariff in response to price reductions by rival operator LIME Jamaia. The price cuts follow a decision by telecoms watchdog the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) in early June to lower mobile termination rates (MTRs) to a flat level of JMD5 (USD0.06) per minute. In the wake of the MTR change, LIME announced early last week the introduction of a lower tariff offering on-net calls at a rate of JMD2.99 per minute (JMD1.99 per minute for post-paid customers): in response, Digicel launched a new rate of JMD2.89 per minute for on-net calls. Telecoms minister Philip Paulwell said that the price cuts were a sign that competition is ‘alive and well.’

Meanwhile, Digicel has filed a law suit against the OUR, challenging its authority to alter MTRs, accusing it of not consulting with the cellco. The case is expected to be heard today.

Jamaica, Digicel (Jamaica), LIME Jamaica