Digicel challenges TAS over Guyana link closure

11 Oct 2018

Irish-owned telecoms group Digicel has launched a legal challenge against Surinamese regulator the Telecommunications Authority of Suriname (Telecommunicatie Autoriteit Suriname, TAS) after the agency closed down a cross border microwave link between Suriname and Guyana, causing disruption to the cellco’s services in Guyana, the Irish Times reports. In a response to the paper, Digicel said that it ‘disputes any allegations of illegality’ but added that it could not provide further details as the case is currently before the court.

Guyanese fixed line incumbent Guyana Telegraph and Telephone Company (GTT) holds monopoly on international voice and data transmission but has previously accused Digicel of illegally bypassing its network. Reports emerged following the shut-down of Digicel’s cross-border link that GTT pressured the TAS into taking action against Digicel, but GTT CEO Justin Nedd denied the claims earlier this week. Demerara Waves quotes the official as saying: ‘On the issue of legal proceedings, I’d like to say that GTT has not commenced any legal proceedings or threatened any legal proceedings in Suriname … We recognise that the Surinamese regulators are executing their mandate.’