Virgin, Digicel in running for Bahamas launch

20 Dec 2013

The UK’s Virgin Group has expressed an interest in offering wireless services in the Bahamas once the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC’s) monopoly on the mobile market expires in April 2014. The Nassau Guardian quotes PM Perry Christie as saying that Virgin has formally approached the government regarding a possible launch in the Bahamas, although no comment was made on whether the would-be provider planned to function as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) as it does elsewhere in the region, or as a fully-fledged network operator.

The PM also noted that the pan-Caribbean Digicel Group was still interested in entering the market, and went on to explain the apparent lack of progress, saying: ‘We have been limited in our dealings with would-be candidates for liberalisation because the agreement between Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and the government really indicates that nothing should take place before 1 April 2014. So we tried to avoid any conflicts with the terms of that agreement, but is understood that Digicel, who had already approached URCA [the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority] … and other companies have come looking around the Bahamas in preparation for liberaliation.’