Ectel introduces new competition rules

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Eastern Caribbean's telecom authority, Ectel, has approved new regulations to enhance competition in the telecom sectors of its member states, namely, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines.

In a statement, Ectel said the new regulations cover various areas. These include consumer protection, access to submarine cable capacity, access to network infrastructure, market analysis guidelines, and wholesale service rules, which determine how operators with significant market power allow competitors to access their networks.

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Ectel's decision to introduce new rules stems from the merger of Cable & Wireless Communications, which operates under the Flow brand, and Columbus Communications, reported news website Telegeography. Ectel began considering alternative ways to resolve anti-competition concerns after it failed to reach amicable agreements with the merged entity over various issues such as consumer protection and infrastructure sharing, Telegeography added.