ECTEL PASSES NEW LEG­IS­LA­TION TO BOOST TELE­COMS COM­PE­TI­TION

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The Eastern Caribbean Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity (Ectel) has ap­proved new leg­is­la­tion aimed at boost­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the re­gion.

The new reg­u­la­tions, which have been ap­proved by the coun­cil of min­is­ters, ad­dress is­sues in­clud­ing con­sumer pro­tec­tion, sub­ma­rine ca­ble ac­cess, net­work in­fra­struc­ture ac­cess, and whole­sale ser­vices rules. Ectel said it aims to ad­dress ac­cess is­sues on net­works held by dom­i­nant op­er­a­tors, and also to pub­lish guide­lines on the con­duct of mar­ket analy­ses.

The new leg­is­la­tion has been in­tro­duced six months af­ter the au­thor­ity an­nounced it had been un­able to reach an am­i­ca­ble agree­ment with Ca­ble & Wire­less Com­mu­ni­ca­tions over its 2015 ac­qui­si­tion of Colum­bus In­ter­na­tional.

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