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Digicel Applying for Mobile License in Bahamas

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The Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA) is currently reviewing at least "two or three" applications ahead of next year's liberalization of the mobile sector.

The Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle confirmed to the Nassau Guardian that Digicel is one of the companies, but declined to name the others.

Digicel has already been provisionally approved for landline services, and is now waiting to see if it will be allowed to expand into the mobile market, which is currently controlled by the monopoly operator, the BTC.

The market is due to be liberalised from April 2014, although Digicel has previously called for the introduction of mobile termination rates before this in order to boost the uptake of mobile services in the country.

Last December, Digicel promised to hire as many as 60 employees if it enters the local telecoms market.

The incumbent telco, BTC is 49:51 owned by the government and Cable and Wireless Communications.

On the web: Nassau Guardian

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