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No other telecoms company will be allowed in local market – Vanterpool

BVI News Online - Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The four telecommunication providers operating in the BVI should be able to provide effective and affordable service and no other will be allowed in the market at this time, according to Communications Minister Mark Vanterpool.

He made the announcement yesterday while challenging the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to exert greater effort in ensuring better service from the four players – Digicel, CCT, Lime and BVI Cable TV.

The services they provide include telephone, internet, and cable television.

“We do not intend to have anyone else come in and offer these services; we will be pressing on the present providers to provide services to a level that we are expecting,” Vanterpool said.

“We will not allow the entrance of any other providers… So, if you are applying, you won’t get the cooperation of the Minister right now… At the moment, the four operators should be able to do the job in the local market.”

Vanterpool, who noted the importance of using telecommunications to stimulate the economy, called for local stakeholders to get the BVI in line with what is happening worldwide regarding internet and speed.

“Our telecommunications network must be of such that it attracts new business opportunities, optimally facilitates existing businesses, and meets the needs of all other consumers in the territory.”

The minister said the young people who want to download their movies and music must not wait forever for it to be done, but it should happen as quickly as possibly as is the case in other parts of the world.

Cheaper cost

LIME

Vanterpool also challenged the four providers to ensure that telecommunications are provided to the territory at an affordable cost.

“As Minister for Communications and Works, I continue to insist that residents of – and visitors to the Virgin Islands, must have affordable access to – and can benefit from the latest available telecommunications products and services,” he said.

Vanterpool further stated that the rates for telephones have reduced over the years, but roaming rates are still too expensive.

“When I travel I am afraid to use my phone… I throw it aside because of the roaming rates… So I am hoping that the operators can find a way to be able to cut down on the cost of roaming,” he said.

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  1. Rumpel
    July 25, 2013
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    Why he dont give Dem Digicel the spectrum they looking for to offer true competition on internet…dem do it good,,, der 4G is great

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  2. Deh Watcha
    July 24, 2013
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    Nahhhh boss……

    BVI Cable TV need serious competition

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  3. Expat
    July 24, 2013
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    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2013
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      You are so wrong!!!! Another company would make the other companies actually work…an hiring locals has never been a bad thing… I get the sense you are blinded to the truth…Tortola is a money sucker when it comes to Internet. Mark and his ilk want to take it themselves instead of making sure we get the best Internet at the best price we could.

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    • Albion
      July 24, 2013
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      Expat, I am not sure where you are from, but pretty much everywhere in the world the following formulae applies: limited competition = poor services + high prices. In BVI we certainly have poor services and high prices. Mark seems to think that is fine though.

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      • Expat
        July 25, 2013
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        Expat. You are a fool. This is not about what is good for the people of Tortola. It is about protecting CCT. So when a company fires half of its people and almost dies it goes back to the mothership and gets protection from the politicians. This is about money, politics and greed.

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  4. DEPRESSING
    July 24, 2013
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    My internet drops every minute. It is atrocious. And worse when you calling the companies like Digicel you don’t get anybody, just a recorded message giving all kind of complex instructions. It is very depressing.

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  5. Oh la la
    July 24, 2013
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    The Internet broadband on this island is a disgrace. Some of the highest rates in the western world and some of the worst bandwidth availability. Who does Mark think he is fooling. This is pure nepotism. He is just protecting his family and friends.

    He asks the current providers to step up….Wa??? How about some concrete action plans….Mr. Action Man

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  6. Rastarite
    July 24, 2013
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    The band width is disgraceful… even pitiful. We pay for 3 Mb and often receive 0.6.

    Re loading constantly and going off line too.

    You don’t get what you pay for… but nothing you do helps!

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  7. BVIlady
    July 24, 2013
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    Very funny da man have no problem protecting he brother and makes BVI look questionable. Internet is terrible and we need better.

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  8. .
    July 24, 2013
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    So this same man is protecting the phone companies but not the ferries?

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    • L
      July 24, 2013
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      Maybe he has a personal interst in a phone company.

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  9. M
    July 24, 2013
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    I agree though….many more persons could lose jobs. In this small territory we have three different ones. What we need is another cable company. We only have the option of BVI Cable and satellite….we need something better.

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  10. Albion
    July 24, 2013
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    He needs to be careful. The TRC got its backside kicked in court last time it said that it would not approve any new licences.

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  11. The
    July 24, 2013
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    Aahhh, so the new silent partner in CCT has effectively cut off any new competition from challenging his new venture. Can you spell CORRUPTION?

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  12. July 24, 2013
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    we dont expect to hear anything different from him

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