CCT Wireless hits back at USD50,000 fine for 700MHz use

20 May 2014

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) mobile operator Caribbean Cellular Telephone (CCT Wireless) has responded to the news that it is to be fined USD50,000 for unauthorised use of 700MHz spectrum by saying it will challenge the ruling. The telco says the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) had given the go-ahead for its use of the 700MHz band as it works on the deployment of a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. A report from BVI News quotes CCT’s chief executive Averad Penn as saying: ‘We live in a regulated environment, and we have done nothing that is beyond the authorisations which we have been granted by the TRC.’ He added: ‘From our perspective, we have tried to be as above board as possible, and we are a little disappointed in the fine that has come down to us, and obviously we will look to see what recourse we have, moving forward.’ The firm claims it approached the regulator for permission to utilise 700MHz for its LTE deployment and to test the new network, but it has not yet sought approvals to go ahead with a consumer launch. The regulator maintains, however, that no approval has been given for use of the 700MHz band.

Virgin Islands (U.K.), CCT (BVI)