Judge quashes Digicel fine; LIME margin squeeze case still pending

13 May 2014

A British Virgin Islands (BVI) High Court judge has quashed the fine levied against Digicel by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) on 1 June 2012, BVI Beacon reports. The penalty was prompted by complaints from locally-owned CCT Wireless over the alleged ‘margin squeeze’ being perpetrated by its larger rivals Digicel and LIME. The watchdog ruled that, in accordance with Section 75 of the Telecommunications Act, the duo’s respective pan-Caribbean offers, ‘Caribbean Calling’ (Digicel) and ‘All Talk’ (LIME), constituted an ‘anti-competitive margin squeeze on CCT’. LIME’s application remains before the courts, the newspaper notes.