Cayman Islands regulator the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) has made a determination under the Dispute Regulations of 2003, regarding Digicel’s request for access to LIME’s local loop. On 29 July 2015 the authority determined that mandating LIME to provide local loop unbundling (LLU) is ‘contrary to the public interest at this time’. Digicel has been awaiting the regulator’s decision for more than three years; the Irish-owned mobile group initially submitted its request on 14 February 2012.
In a related development, ICTA has concluded its public consultation regarding the unbundling of fibre local loops, declaring this ‘contrary to the public interest’. At the time of Digicel’s initial request, the cellco was licensed to operate a fibre network on the Cayman Islands; local internet service providers (ISPs) DataLink and WestTel were also granted permission to deploy fibre infrastructure at the same time.