Court of Appeal allows Symbiote to challenge Supreme Court licence revocation

20 Dec 2018

Jamaica’s Court of Appeal has given stricken Jamaican 4G start-up Symbiote Investments, which trades as Caricel, the go-ahead to challenge the recent decision by the Supreme Court to revoke its telecoms licence. Symbiote has vowed to fight the government’s decision to shut down its operations, and lawyers representing the firm have issued a statement saying: ‘It is a travesty of justice that our government could find no other way to address whatever concerns it may have had about the company’s operations’. Previously, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the government to revoke the telecoms licence granted to Symbiote Investments earlier this month.

TeleGeography notes that Symbiote agreed to sell its small-scale Jamaican 4G business to South Africa-based Involution for an undisclosed price in October 2017. The sale was made public in February 2018, only for the regulatory authorities to protest that Symbiote had not sought government approval for the transaction. The following month, Andrew Wheatley, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, initiated the process to revoke the licence altogether.

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