ECTEL Boss gives update on FLOW, Cable and Wireless merger

ECTEL Boss gives update on FLOW, Cable and Wireless merger

The Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), Embert Charles, has been updating members of the media on the situation relating to the authority and the merger between FLOW and Cable and Wireless.

Charles disclosed that ECTEL had talks with the company on arriving at  mechanisms to ease the burden on consumers..

“The status now is that negotiations having broken down a few months ago, is for us to go to the second plan which is to declare the joint operations dominant,” he said.

According to the ECTEL Managing Director, there must be clear procedures for that.

“We have to do the study, we have to do the legal work to ensure the evidence – if the companies are operating as one, from there we apply the rule of regulating the prices, regulating these services,” Charles said.

He said the necessary expertise is being gathered to assist ECTEL in that regard.

Charles asserted that in the meantime, some of the licences are up for renewal and the regulator is considering the applications now before it.

“At the same time the policy makers will be thinking , if the law permits, what kind of provisions can  be put in the new licences to address the impact that we were trying to address in the negotiations which we were unable to do,” he explained.

He promised that ECTEL will be reporting on the progress of that.




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  1. The Commentator
    September 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply

    FLOW is quite aware that neither Saint Lucia or the OECS has a Competition Authority so now ECTEL has to look for all kinds of legal mechanisms to regulate the FLOW/LIME merger.

  2. Anonymous
    September 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Mr. Charles. One question. How comes a 12 Mbit internet connection in Grenada costs $75 a month whereas a 10 Mbit connection in St. Lucia costs 129.99. It is 73% more expensive in St. Lucia than Grenada. We use the same currency, similar economic performance and per capita. Please explain.

  3. Anonymous
    October 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm Reply

    This story is a load of hot air and says absolutely nothing from ECTEL. What has to be done is deal with establishing some antitrust legislation to deal with these gigantic mergers which create monopolies which ECTEL was formed to break up and subsequently prevent. They have failed in implementing their mandate after 14 years and continue to fail with the protection of customers’ rights and service. FLOW is worse than ever and the NTRC and ECTEL continue to be toothless tigers against these telecoms companies. If they had any true clout they would not be fishing for ways in which to deal with FLOW and Digicel.

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