The Jamaican government is considering the award of a third mobile network operator licence, creating new competition for the well-established duo of Digicel and Flow (formerly LIME). Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell is quoted by the Jamaica Observer as saying that the plan has already been approved by the country’s telecoms watchdog, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), and the Spectrum Management Authority, and has now been passed to the Cabinet for discussion. A timescale for the licensing process has not been given.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Jamaica is currently home to just over three million mobile users, with Digicel claiming more than two-thirds of the overall market. Digicel was able to tighten its grip on the island’s mobile sector in late 2011 through the controversial acquisition of third-placed rival Claro Jamaica from Mexico’s America Movil (AM).