A new challenger has entered the ring: Junkanoo promises ‘Quantum leap’, whilst Digicel makes ‘powerhouse’ pledge

18 Nov 2014

Pan-Caribbean operator Digicel has confirmed its intention to bid for the Bahamas’ second mobile licence, saying that it is eager to turn the nation into a ‘powerhouse’ through its telecoms services, the Nassau Guardian writes, citing the company’s chief operating officer Claudio Hidalgo. ‘Imagine a Bahamas where smart technology is applied in smart ways to tackle social issues, foster new ways of learning, drive in-country and cross-border collaboration and ultimately position the Bahamas at the forefront of the global knowledge economy,’ the official was quoted as saying.

In a related development, three local providers have thrown their hats into the ring, including Cable Bahamas, Limitless Bahamas (formerly IP Solutions International [IPSI]) and, most recently, Junkanoo Mobile. Tribune242 quotes a Junkanoo spokesperson, Franklyn Winder, as saying that the company – which is yet to reveal any details regarding its financing, shareholders or partners – is supported by a six-strong executive team with extensive global communications experience. Junkanoo is planning to roll out a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and has ‘engaged one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the mobile and telecoms industry to customise, design and build a premium network.’ Mr Winder went on, adding that the network would be ‘a quantum leap from what is now being experienced by the Bahamian community. Consumers could expect to see fewer dropped calls, lower prices and far better technology.’ The spokesman also noted that the company had lined up a number of strategic financial partners, but stopped short of naming any of the parties.

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