Symbiote to face licence probe

25 Jan 2017

Jamaican firm Symbiote Investments, which has plans to launch the island’s third mobile network under the ‘Caricel’ brand, has failed in its legal bid to prevent a regulatory investigation into its licensing, The Jamaica Gleaner writes. The country’s Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) had called for a probe into the award to Symbiote last May of a domestic mobile carrier licence and a service provider licence to offer local, fixed and international services.

The SMA raised concerns following an earlier investigation by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), which found that the prospective cellco had connections to businessman George Neil, who had ‘adverse traces’ linked to his name. Authorities in the US had also voiced concern that the licence award could raise national security issues, though this was dismissed by the latest judicial ruling which, while finding that regulators were within their rights to carry out an investigation, decided that a threat to national security was not apparent.

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