Digicel Antigua has become the first company to dip its toe into the regional and international voice calls market, following the ending of Cable and Wireless’ (C&W, or LIME’s) 25-year monopoly on the provision of international direct dial (IDD) telephone calls on 22 June. Local paper The Observer reports that Digicel is going toe-to-toe with LIME, offering customers cost savings of at least 40% on calls, and of up to 670% based on additions to some of its rival’s post-paid plans. In an interview with the paper, Digicel Antigua CEO Victor Corcoran said: ‘The real … savings would be to calling destinations like Europe, US, UK, and also our post-paid customers through our bundles would have … stunning savings.’
As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 25 June the Minister of Telecommunications, Dr Edmund Mansoor, confirmed that LIME’s monopoly on overseas calls originating from and terminating onto fixed lines and mobile phones, expired at midnight Friday 22 June. Under the new regime, the Cabinet has approved international telecommunications services licences to Digicel, LIME, Antigua Computer Technology (ACT) and Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA). In the newly liberalised IDD segment, the ministry has established a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to regulate, on a contractual and mandatory basis, the relationships between the international telecommunications operators in Antigua and Barbuda.