Digicel Wins Appeal in Long Running Regulatory Dispute
Published on: 13th May 2014
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
A court in the British Virgin Islands has overturned a fine imposed on Digicel by the telecoms regulator.
Back in June 2012, the regulator imposed fines on both Digicel and Lime for what it said was an illegal "margin squeeze" against their rival CCT Global Communications.
CCT Global Communications had alleged that the rates being charged by Digicel and Lime networks to terminate calls from the British Virgin Islands to their networks on other Caribbean islands were at a rate that made its international calls uncompetitive against the lower rates offered by its larger rivals.
Both companies filed objections, and earlier this week the case for Digicel was heard by the High Court, which ruled against the regulator.
The case filed by Lime is till pending a judgment, but it expected to get the same outcome.
The case is however an example of slow moving legal processes. CCT Global Communications filed its original complaint back in July 2009, and it took the regulator until July 2012 to issue a decision, and now, nearly two years later, the courts have overturned that decision.