Bermudian start-up Horizon ‘chasing the regulator’ to get launch clearance

20 Aug 2020

The Royal Gazette writes that Gilbert Darrell, the founder of would-be telecoms start-up Horizon Communications, has said that although his company is ready to launch, he is kicking his heels until the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda (RAB) grants the necessary approvals. In an interview, Darrell said: ‘The country is in desperate need of new companies, job creation, and competition in the internet space’, but bemoaned the fact that, despite being pre-qualified for an Integrated Communications Operating Licence (ICOL), Horizon has so far heard nothing. ‘We’ve been chasing the regulator about it. They were supposed to be having a meeting about it three weeks ago, then last week, and they have come and gone,’ Darrell added, explaining his frustration after previously expecting to get the final go-ahead from the RAB in July. He went on to note: ‘We are very happy that they have approved our application, and we have met all the criteria. We’ve got through the gate, but appear to be stuck in some bureaucratic process … We had been hoping to be operational for some of our services by October, but that increasingly seems unlikely.’ The RAB has so far declined to comment.

If and when Horizon gets the green light, it intends to deliver cost-effective fixed-wireless broadband internet access, IPTV and IP-based voice telephony to homes and businesses across the island.

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