US-based Hammer Fiber Optics Holdings and Dominica-based WCI (formerly Wikibuli Communications Inc) have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to create a jointly-owned Jamaican subsidiary called Woke Communications. As per the terms of the LoI, the new player will seek to provide fixed-wireless, voice, mobile data and SMS services in Jamaica.
TeleGeography notes that the contract represents the two partners’ second tie-up in the Caribbean, following an initial deal, which saw Hammer Wireless acquire an unspecified stake in the Dominican business on 1 January 2019. Fixed-wireless player Wikibuli suspended services in 2017 due to severe weather-related damage to its infrastructure. The rebuilt Dominican infrastructure will be owned by WCI and operated by Hammer and its subsidiaries as part of the Mobile Network Service Provider (MNSP) programme.
The Jamaican deal caps a busy start to the year for Hammer, which formed its first African subsidiary – Hammer Wireless – in Sierra Leone in January 2019. Hammer Wireless was recently awarded a nationwide 28GHz licence by the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) and will commence its fixed-wireless network build-out in capital Freetown in March this year. The first phase of the project will be co-financed by Hammer and Swiss firm Telecom Financial Services, which will provide investment in exchange for an equity stake in the Sierra Leone business.