“Di­gi­cel dis­pu­tes any al­le­ga­ti­ons of il­le­ga­li­ty”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Di­gi­cel, the te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on com­pa­ny ow­ned by Irish bu­si­ness­man De­nis O’Brien, has laun­ched legal ac­ti­on against the Te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons Aut­ho­ri­ty Su­ri­na­me (TAS) for bloc­king its cross-bor­der da­ta link with Di­gi­cel in neigh­bou­ring Gu­y­a­na.

Last week the TAS shut down the al­le­gedly il­legal mi­cro­wa­ve link, which Di­gi­cel Su­ri­na­me used to feed da­ta ca­pa­ci­ty to Di­gi­cel Gu­y­a­na. It re­por­ted­ly cau­sed sig­ni­fi­cant da­ta outa­ges for Di­gi­cel’s cus­to­mers the­re.

TAS ap­pe­ars to ha­ve ma­de its mo­ve un­der pres­su­re from Di­gi­cel’s ri­val in Gu­y­a­na, the Gu­y­a­na Te­lep­ho­ne and Te­le­graph Com­pa­ny (GTT). GTT has long com­plai­ned that Di­gi­cel must buy its da­ta ca­pa­ci­ty from its ri­val in­stead of fee­ding it over the bor­der, pre­su­ma­bly for less costs.

GTT, which is par­ti­al­ly sta­te-ow­ned, has pre­vious­ly al­le­ged that Di­gi­cel has de­pri­ved Gu­y­a­na of $30 mil­li­on in lost char­ges by by­pas­sing its net­work. It claims the link is il­legal. Di­gi­cel has stron­gly de­nied tho­se claims. Con­tac­ted by The Irish Ti­mes, Di­gi­cel said it is ta­king court ac­ti­on. “Di­gi­cel dis­pu­tes any al­le­ga­ti­ons of il­le­ga­li­ty and as the mat­ter is cur­rent­ly be­fo­re the court, we are una­ble to com­ment any fur­ther at this ti­me.”

It is un­der­stood Di­gi­cel is see­king an in­junc­ti­on to for­ce TAS to re­ver­se its ac­ti­ons. A ru­ling is ex­pec­ted soon.

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