Category: Telecommunications

A new kid on the telecoms block

A new contender has officially entered the local telecommunications market. Ozone Wireless, officially introduced its flagship store in Manor Lodge, St Michael, on Friday night with much fanfare. The new telecoms operator, which promises “low and affordable rates for consumers”, will be competing with the longstanding providers FLOW and Digicel. Senator Darcy Boyce, who has […]

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Tasker to take charge of Digicel’s local operations

Former Commercial Director Alex Tasker is due to make his return to Digicel (Barbados) Limited as Chief Executive Officer, as Conor Looney, the current CEO, is promoted to the post of Hub Chief Executive Officer for the Irish telecommunications company’s Caribbean and Central American operations. Barbados TODAY confirmed Friday afternoon that Tasker, who left the […]

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Ozone adds new layer to mobile services here

A year after it was due to begin operating here, telecommunications firm Ozone is set to “disrupt” the local mobile phone sector from next month. The company, which had been issued with a licence three years ago, and is owned by businessman Pierre McMaster, will seek to penetrate the wireless market currently dominated by telecommunication […]

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Barbadians must boycott Flow, says Gibbs-Taitt

Telecommunications consumers are being urged to boycott Flow after the provider announced that rates would rise from the beginning of next month. Consumer rights advocate Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt has seen the planned increase as the action of a callous corporation which believes it can get away with fleecing Barbadians. “I think people should protest against the […]

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Flow customers to pay more for services

Flow mobile postpaid customers will be paying more for services come July 1. “Flow wishes to advise that effective July 1, 2017, there will be a five per cent to the rates of some of our postpaid mobile plans,” the telecommunications company announced Thursday. “These changes are as a result of our continued investment in […]

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Call drop

Business is not exactly flowing in the right direction for one local telecommunications company these days. In its just released preliminary financial results for the first quarter of this year, Liberty Global, the parent company for Flow (Barbados) Limited, reported that its overall list of subscribers –– which impact on its ability to make money –– […]

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Flow goes 4G LTE

Telecommunications company Flow has announced plans to invest $80 million in Barbados this year, the second part of the company’s planned $150 million investment on which it embarked last year in an effort to upgrade and expand its telecoms infrastructure here. This announcement came as the company officially switched on its Long Term Evolution (LTE) […]

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Not right

Communications and entertainment provider Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) is hinting that unless certain “patently unfair” regulations are lifted, it would be forced to give second thoughts to its level of investments here. CWC is contending that outdated laws governing fixed voice – or landline – business place it at a competitive disadvantage. And while […]

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Phone rage

Telecommunications companies operating here are being accused of playing games with consumers in the wake of this week’s announcement by Digicel that it was raising its rates beginning in the New Year. The consumer rights agency Barbados Consumer Research Organisation (BarCRO) is incensed at the companies’ treatment of customers, stopping just short of accusing both […]

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Two sudden resignations at Flow

Telecommunications giant Flow has been hit by two sudden resignations. Head of Marketing Shelly Ann Hee Chung and Vice President of Cable & Wireless Business Jaggernauth Dass have parted ways with the company. Hee Chung, who previously served as director of corporate marketing and communications between January and June 2013, also worked as marketing and […]

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Digi-rise

Customers of “The Bigger, Better Network” can prepare to pay a bigger slice of the 22 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) which Government imposed on mobile phone services at the start of this year. The cell phone provider is hinting strongly that it will begin passing on to subscribers, the additional 4.5 per cent […]

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Digicel responds to reports of a third player

Telecommunications provider Digicel said it was not bothered by the prospect of a third company entering the local market. Currently, Digicel and FLOW are the two telecommunication companies operating here, but a third company has indicated it planned to begin offering mobile service this year. Digicel CEO Conor Looney, who took up the post at […]

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Parliament to debate cell phone VAT

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler today announced that legislation aimed at increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on mobile services will be tabled in Parliament next Tuesday. The legislation would see the tax on voice, data and text messaging moving from 17 .5 per cent to 22 per cent in January 2016. Sinckler also disclosed that […]

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Three telecoms firms in Internet Exchange

Three local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Barbados Internet Exchange (BARIX). Representatives of Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Limited, Columbus Barbados and Digicel (Barbados) Limited are all signatories to the agreement, which was signed yesterday at a ceremony witnessed by Minister responsible for Telecommunications Senator Darcy Boyce. Senator Boyce […]

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Telecoms minister satisfied with FTC decision

With the merger of telecommunications companies LIME and FLOW, one Government official says he is looking forward to robust competition within the domestic sector. Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for telecommunications, Senator Darcy Boyce said he was not expecting anything less than vigorous competition between the merged company and its […]

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Mixed reaction to FTC’s decision

A sad day for Barbados! That’s how one consumer rights group described the Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) decision to approve the Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications Inc. merger application. One communications analyst said the decision raised a number of questions. In an immediate response to the ruling handed down just after 10 o’clock this morning, […]

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Okayed!

The Fair Trading Commission announced today it had approved the application from Cable and Wireless, trading as LIME, and Columbus Communications, trading as FLOW, for a merger of their business operations in Barbados. However, several conditions attached to approval of the merger emphasize the interests of telecommunications customers who are in line to receive a […]

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