The Jamaican broadband operator DEKAL Wireless has been acquired by an unnamed unit of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), parent company of the island’s dominant fixed line operator and number two mobile provider LIME Jamaica. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. DEKAL currently has around 15,000 internet subscribers, LIME Jamaica says, though the new parent is looking to use DEKAL’s wireless networks to reach up to 200,000 Jamaicans, predominantly in rural areas. The networks utilise unlicensed 2.4GHz spectrum and ‘Super WiFi’ equipment from Altai Technologies. CWC recently made a USD3 billion move to buy Columbus International, which has a range of assets across the Caribbean region, including the Jamaican cable TV and broadband provider Flow, though that deal must clear a number of regulatory hurdles before it can go ahead.
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