Local online news journal Caribarena Antigua reports that Cable and Wireless’ (C&W, or LIME’s) 25-year monopoly on the provision of international direct dial (IDD) telephone calls has officially ended. The news journal quotes the Minister of Telecommunications, Dr Edmund Mansoor, as confirming that LIME’s monopoly, which applied to overseas calls originating from and terminating onto fixed lines and mobile phones, expired at midnight last Friday. Under the new regime, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has approved international telecommunications services licences to Digicel, LIME, Antigua Computer Technology (ACT) and Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), it said.
In the newly liberalised IDD segment, the ministry says it has established a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to regulate, on a contractual and mandatory basis, the relationships between the international telecommunications operators in Antigua & Barbuda. Mansoor congratulated LIME for its efforts to develop the local telecoms market and invited other players to ‘continue their dialogue with the government and to accelerate their investments in new technologies’. Antigua and Barbuda already has open competition in the provision of internet access services.