Court backs CCT in 700MHz spectrum dispute

15 Jan 2016

British Virgin Islands (BVI)-based Caribbean Cellular Telephone (CCT) has confirmed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has backed its legal case against the Telecoms Regulatory Commission (TRC) regarding the cellco’s exclusion from last year’s ‘Spectrum Award 2015’ process. Last October, TRC chief executive Guy Malone announced that only two of the country’s three mobile operators – Digicel and LIME – had applied for 4G spectrum, prompting locally-owned CCT to take legal action. According to a report by BVI News, the company claimed that its application had been unfairly rejected by the TRC, resulting in it being prevented from bidding for 4G-suitable 700MHz spectrum. CCT CEO Averad Penn commented: ‘We are very thankful for this decision and hope it paves the way for a fair and equitable spectrum award process that will allow us to expand our telecommunications services in the BVI’.