Antigua: Digicel announces price hike

Antigua Observer: Digicel has announced that as of February 1, customers in Antigua & Barbuda will pay a 5 per cent increase in their postpaid mobile services.

In an email to Digicel customers, the Irish telecommunications company said that the price hike was as a result of an “increased cost of doing business” on the island. The changes are to be made to postpaid mobile calls and data services.

However, Minister of Telecommunications Melford Nicholas said Digicel did not seek approval for the increase from the government.

Nicholas said the license agreement that the company operates under in Antigua & Barbuda requires Digicel to seek the permission of the Ministry of Telecommunica-tions for such an increase.

“Now I’d be the first to admit that that’s a little awkward, because the [Antigua] Public Utilities Authority is also competitive in the market,” Nicholas said. “But that is the nature of the telecommunications market that I’m seeking to change.”

The breach of protocol may have been inadvertent, Nicholas said, and as a result, the government will not immediately pursue punitive measures.


  1. Anonymous
    January 4, 2017 at 9:29 am

    We may be next

  2. Anon1
    January 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

    May! Don’t be silly.

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    January 4, 2017 at 9:50 am


  4. Wam there
    January 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Havent you realized that this is part of a whole setup and conspiracy that those in authority are all part of? You must be a fool to think that the governments cannot fix legislation to strenghten the NTRC. With every breach they just give the same lame excuse which they all have the power to fix.

    1. ...
      January 4, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      When you wish to educate or correct others where education is welcomed…do not resort to condescending language or humiliation, it only highlights ones level of arrogance. With that being said, thanks for the insight.

  5. M.Wayne
    January 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    My family were given great offers on flows combo plans as we switched from digicel because of the price increase.