Guam-based telecoms operator GTA TeleGuam has been forced to suspend plans to enter the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) market, after negotiations with the CNMI’s dominant provider IT&E fell through. The Saipan Tribune reports that in October 2011 GTA received permission from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to begin offering local exchange services in the CNMI, which comprises the islands of Saipan, Rota and Tinian. IT&E challenged the petition, however, asking for a rehearing of GTA’s application, forcing both companies to enter into discussions which have so far been unsuccessful. ‘We were asked by parties if we could sit down and negotiate a stipulation with IT&E,’ commented GTA’s executive vice president Daniel J. Tydingco, adding: ‘Efforts to reach a stipulation have been unsuccessful and our local CNMI legal counsel has notified the CNMI PUC of that recently.’ According to the report, GTA is now awaiting instruction from the PUC and CNMI courts on what its next move should be.
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