CWC insists on level playing field for BTC and new challenger

30 Jul 2014

Cable &Wireless Communications (CWC), the UK-based majority shareholder in Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has insisted that any new entrant to the cellular market be obliged to meet the same universal service coverage requirements as BTC, Tribune 242 writes. CWC’s CEO said in a conference call with analysts that the company had made its position clear to the government, arguing that such measures would prevent a newcomer from ‘cherry picking’ the most profitable areas in the Bahamas and ignoring the rest, which it claimed would give a competitive advantage over BTC. BTC currently holds a monopoly on the provision of wireless services in the Bahamas, but its official exclusivity period expired in April this year and the government is now preparing to introduce a competitor to the market. Indeed, commenting on the delay in allocating the new concession – the administration is yet to decide on a process to award the licence – the official added that ‘no news is good news.’ Whilst the government dallies over the allocation process, BTC is using the de facto extension of its monopoly to improve its network and services.

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