Antiguan Government Wants To Buy Out Digicel’s Operation

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it remains committed to buying out the operations of Irish-owned telecommunication company, Digicel.

The government reiterated the plan as it announced new initiatives in its ongoing battle to have the island’s two foreign-owned companies share spectrum space with a state entity.

Last month, Digicel defended its decision to secure a High Court order preventing the government from sharing any of the 850 MHz spectrum it has been allocated with the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).

Speaking on his privately-owned radio station over the last weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he believes that Digicel “is showing an inclination to have possibly a 49-51 percentage situation.

“That’s the sticking point because we want the majority,” he said, adding that if the Digicel officials are prepared to “look at the possibility APUA…acquiring Digicel Antigua then we may have a deal.”Read More…

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