The Telecoms Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has confirmed that it will re-stage last October’s controversial 4G spectrum tender process later this month. According to regulatory documentation, the deadline for application submissions is 26 July, and successful applicants will be notified on 16 August. Going forward, frequencies will be authorised and granted on 23 August.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January this year Caribbean Cellular Telephone (CCT) confirmed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court had backed its legal case against the TRC regarding the cellco’s exclusion from last year’s ‘Spectrum Award 2015’ process. In October 2015 TRC chief executive Guy Malone announced that only two of the country’s three mobile operators – Digicel and LIME (now Flow) – had applied for 4G spectrum, prompting locally-owned CCT to take legal action. CCT claimed that its application had been unfairly rejected by the TRC, resulting in it being prevented from bidding for 4G-suitable 700MHz spectrum.