Prime Minister Wants Talks About Reducing Rates or No Meeting With DIGICEL

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Wednesday 19th December, 2018-Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he stands by recent comments made that telecommunication companies FLOW and DIGICEL are using an exploitative business model that works against their thousands of customers.

His statement was made at the weekend and has prompted a response from one company, DIGICEL. Here is Prime Minister Browne last Saturday on the Browne and Browne show.

DIGICEL has taken issue with the declaration and issued a press statement.

“Digicel notes with consternation the statements made today in the press by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda with regard to its commercial practices; statements which were both inaccurate and inappropriate.

With serious issues around the liberalization of the fixed line market and number portability to name but two – this is just the latest in a series of moves being made to stifle competition in the telecoms market in Antigua and Barbuda for the benefit of the state-owned APUA,” the company stated.

“As champions of competition in the telecoms market across the Caribbean – and as a company which prides itself on its commitments to its customers and to contributing positively to its communities – Digicel will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to address these issues and chart a positive way forward for all parties and for the benefit of the people of Antigua and Barbuda.””

POINTE FM’s Nightly News contacted Prime Minister Browne for a comment on the press release issued by DIGICEL.

In a one paragraph response, the head of government stated:

“I stand by my statement. Unless they are coming with a plan to reduce their rates to consumers, including the government, there is no need to meet.”

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