October 31, 2005

C&W heats up competition in VOIP market

From the Jamaica Observer:

Cable and Wireless will begin providing its customers Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) services, having launched its new broadband service 'Netspeak", which enables its customers to make overseas calls for a flat rate of $1,575 per month.

The VOIP offering is the latest in an aggressive roll out of new products and services by Cable and Wireless, seeking to clawback business and regain dominance in a telecommunications market where it was once a monopoly.

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Getting Behind LogiSense

From Wi-Fi Planet:

Funny how things change. The founders of LogiSense set up shop in 1995 as an Internet service provider, and in the course of their work they began to develop an internal system to meet the complex billing needs of an ISP operation. The billing software worked well, so well in fact that in 1999 they sold the ISP operation and a year later began marketing back-end billing tools instead.

The firm has since established a global presence, with clients in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and most recently on the island of St. Martin in the Caribbean. There, its billing tools are assisting in the rollout of a series of wireless deployments.

It is not the island's first foray into Wi-Fi. The Dutch side of the island went wireless earlier this year, with a deployment that saw Lucent Technologies reselling mesh networking equipment from BelAir Networks.

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October 28, 2005

Innovative Files $200 Million Suit Against Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative and Officers-Directors as Individuals

To me this press release sounds like getting out in front of a story. The feds need to come to U.S. Virgin Islands and take a look at Innovative:

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovative
Communication Corporation today filed a lawsuit for more than $200 million
against the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative of Herndon, Va., and two of
its officers and directors as individuals. The suit accuses them of
maliciously using the courts for improper purposes with an agenda of
destroying one of its borrowers in good standing and current on all loan
payment obligations.

The lawsuit named Steven Lilly, senior vice president and chief financial
officer, and John J. List, senior vice president, in their personal and
official capacities and accused them of personally supervising and approving
the alleged malicious abuse of the court system.
"The RTFC has turned from being our major lender to a predator seeking to
destroy us," said Sen. Holland L. Redfield, II, Innovative's vice president of
corporate affairs. "The RTFC has loaned Innovative more than $650 million.
Until they filed their baseless case against us and seized $61 million of our
equity without justification, we always made every payment. We have been a
member of the cooperative for more than 15 years and have consistently been
one of its largest borrowers."
"This is an extraordinary case in which a lender filed claims against one
of its best borrowers when it knew the charges had no merit and the only
purpose was to ruin Innovative by publicizing allegations to prevent it from
disclosing the RTFC's mismanagement and possible fraud," said Lanny J. Davis
of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, attorneys for Innovative.
"Because of clear evidence of malice by RTFC and the individual officers
named, we are seeking at least $200 million for compensatory and punitive
damages," Davis added. "When Innovative informed the RTFC that it had
uncovered mismanagement and improper diversion of profits, on March 13, 2003,
RTFC retaliated with a lawsuit. Not only did RTFC's complaint allege 31
defaults, it maliciously publicized this information to the news media and
Innovative Telephone's public regulators.
"RTFC's voluntary dismissal of 16 claimed defaults, only after Innovative
moved for the dismissal of these claims as being baseless and frivolous, is
evidence that some counts were baseless and added only for publicity," Davis
continued. "RTFC repeatedly told the news media and testified to Innovative
regulators, falsely inflating the number of defaults in its original case.
The withdrawal of 16 alleged defaults because they were totally baseless is
strong evidence of the malice and improper purpose of the complaint by the
RTFC and these officers. These are the subject of this lawsuit."
"When someone gets a mortgage to buy a home there is an implied covenant
that the lender will act in good faith and not take hostile action to cause
the borrower to default so the bank can foreclose and take over ownership of
the home," said Redfield.

Innovative Communication Corporation is a privately-held telecom and media
company headquartered in St. Croix with management offices in West Palm Beach,
Fla. and operations in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten,
Saint-Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and France.

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October 27, 2005

Redknee to Partner in Digicel's Expansion Across 15 Caribbean Countries

TORONTO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Redknee, Inc., a leading global provider
of communication software to wireless network operators, announced today it
won a contract to become a strategic partner to the Digicel Group as it moves
forward in expanding its GSM network across 15 countries in the Caribbean
region.
Redknee said it would extend Customer Care and Billing/Settlement
functionality including CRM and USSD applications to additional Digicel
islands, as well as provide complete integration with Ericsson's prepaid
charging system.

With the completion of Digicel's acquisition of seven Cingular Wireless
operations in the Caribbean as well as Bermuda, the company is now in a
position to increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Dominica and has
received regulatory approval for the acquisition of Cingular's operations on
the islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines where
Digicel already operates. The company looks forward to receiving regulatory
approval in the remaining islands of Barbados, the Cayman Islands in the near
future.
Having acquired Curacao Telecom in March 2005, Digicel, the fastest
growing mobile operator in the Caribbean, is also preparing to launch in Haiti
and Trinidad & Tobago, This impressive expansion brings the company to 15
countries of operation, covering a total population of 14 million.
"Digicel is pleased to partner with Redknee as we enter this next exciting
phase of growth," said Mario Assaad, Chief Technology Officer at Digicel
Group. "Redknee's advanced software will play a key role in ensuring our
expansion will be as seamless an experience as possible for new and existing
customers. We look forward to Redknee's support for a smooth migration of our
newly acquired prepaid customer base and postpaid subscribers into Digicel's
Converged Billing solution and messaging platform respectively."
The deployment of Redknee's Customer Care and Billing/Settlement services
will begin later this year. Redknee did not disclose any financial details
about the deal.
"Digicel's expansion is a testament to their rapid and successful growth
as the fastest growing mobile operator in the region," said Lucas Skoczkowski,
CEO of Redknee. "This expansion announcement exemplifies our long time
partnership with Digicel, and Redknee is committed to helping Digicel build on
their current successes and vision to deliver a wireless network that
stretches across the entire Caribbean region."
With investments in the Caribbean exceeding well over US$600 million,
Digicel is making significant strides in its mission to create a seamless
pan-Caribbean network. The company records a 67 percent market share across
all its current markets and anticipates a 30 percent increase in staff by the
end of 2006 from its current figure of 1051, due to subscriber growth and
market expansion.

About Redknee:
Redknee is a leading provider of telecommunication software solutions,
which enable network operators and service providers to deliver innovative
value-creating services. Redknee's commercially deployed suite of software
products seamlessly integrates into customer networks and provides a full set
of business-critical network capabilities. Redknee's capabilities include
service provisioning, real-time converged billing, messaging, service control,
customer relationship management solutions which provide value-added
functionality to wire-line, mobile, circuit-switched, and VoIP service
providers.
Redknee's breadth of experience and robust, scalable architecture allows
our customers to enhance their service portfolio and network capabilities,
while leveraging Redknee's best-in-class technical delivery organization to
ensure a rapid and efficient deployment and service launch.
Redknee's next-generation software delivers innovative services to over 25
top tier network operators, with over 185 million subscribers worldwide.
Redknee's global headquarters are located in Toronto, Canada.

Contact Redknee:
For more information, contact
Redknee Inc
Tel: +1-905-625-2622
Fax: +1-905-625-6485
Email: marketing@redknee.com
http://www.redknee.com

About Digicel
Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing wireless
telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. In four years, Digicel has
become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer
care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets.
It is the largest GSM operator in the region.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and operates in eight countries
including Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, The Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with plans to launch in Trinidad &
Tobago and Haiti. Digicel has entered into an agreement to acquire, subject to
regulatory approval, Cingular Wireless' Bermuda and Caribbean operations that
will significantly increase the size of its pan-Caribbean network to include
Bermuda, Anguilla, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica and allow
licenses in St Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Barths. Digicel's market
share in The Cayman Islands, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent &
the Grenadines, will also be strengthened as Cingular's customer base will
transition to Digicel.

Contact Digicel:
Maureen Rabbitt
Public Relations Manager
T: +876-511-5272
E: maureen.rabbitt@digicelgroup.com

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October 26, 2005

Prosser’s Adversaries Win in Another Mainland Court

From the St. Thomas Source:

Oct. 25, 2005 -- Jeffrey Prosser’s adversaries have won yet another decision from yet another stateside court.

In their most recent decisions, courts in Virginia, Delaware, Florida and Georgia have ruled against Prosser’s Innovative Communication Company on matters great and small.

ICC owns the V.I. telephone system, which is one of the territory's largest employers.

This time the courtroom was in Philadelphia and it belonged to the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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caymanone Selects SOMA Networks to Deliver Affordable, Reliable Wireless Broadband

caymanone Selects SOMA Networks to Deliver Affordable, Reliable Wireless Broadband, Voice and Application Services to the Caribbean; First Nationwide Integrated Voice and Broadband Network throughout the Cayman Islands

SAN FRANCISCO & GRAND CAYMAN, West Indies--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2005--SOMA Networks, Inc., a leading provider of last-mile broadband wireless access technology, and caymanone(TM) a full service telecommunications provider in the process of rolling out state-of-the-art products and services across the Cayman Islands, today announced an initial contract to deploy SOMA Networks' broadband wireless solution to deliver affordable, reliable high-speed Internet access, VoIP and other in-demand services to 44,000 residents across the three Cayman Islands. By deploying the first integrated telecommunications solution that has the capability to deliver primary-line voice, data, and value-added services even in extreme weather conditions, caymanone is also setting a new benchmark in designing networks to withstand natural disasters.

Following a year of unprecedented storms and crippling hurricanes, carriers are increasingly looking for disaster-resistant technologies that can protect infrastructure investments and maintain services during times of crisis. During a recent Caribbean storm, SOMA Networks technology continued to operate, even during Category Five hurricane winds.

"The Cayman Islands have the potential to support a $200 million telecom market, but the demand for affordable and reliable broadband and basic voice services has not been met by wired options," said John Robertson, chief executive officer of caymanone. "Most of the islands' infrastructure was destroyed in recent storms, therefore we needed a system that could be deployed quickly to meet this demand, and continue to deliver uninterrupted telephony, broadband, and value-added services, even during a hurricane. The wireless broadband and VoIP that SOMA provides will ensure that residents and visitors will have uninterrupted and unfettered contact with mainland suppliers."

caymanone chose SOMA Networks' wireless broadband system because of its primary-line voice capability and rapid turnkey installation enabling quick deployment of basic and value-added services. After considering many different wireless broadband options, caymanone found the SOMA(TM) solution was the only standards-based system that could meet its business case requirements. The solution needed to provide service across numerous islands with a minimum number of cell sites, be easy to install by the end user, and not require a technician visit.

Empowered by the sophisticated SOMA SoftAir(TM) platform, the caymanone deployment will use the WCS (2.3GHz) spectrum band, which requires high spectral efficiency as provided by the SOMA solution. In addition to offering basic broadband services to residential and small business subscribers, caymanone will partner with local companies such as Blockbuster Video of the Cayman Islands to provide Video-On-Demand, and other advanced services over their wireless network. SOMA's unique, fully converged wireless broadband system offers service providers the latest standards-based technology capable of supporting WiMAX and other developing standards such as HSDPA, through a basic software upgrade.

"For the first time, residents and visitors to the Cayman Islands will finally have reliable, affordable telephony, true high-speed broadband, and advanced digital services," said Greg Caltabiano, president and chief operating officer, SOMA Networks. "With the SOMA solution, caymanone is quickly and cost-effectively improving the customer experience with the latest in-demand services such as digital TV, Video-on-Demand, and Web hosting. caymanone is providing a new level of reliability that will give customers and visitors the connectivity and services they need, when they need it -- even during extreme weather conditions and emergencies."

About caymanone

caymanone is currently building a state-of-the-art network to provide connectivity to residential and business customers across the Cayman Islands. A strategic thrust of caymanone the Company is to improve workforce productivity and transform the way in which people work and live. Its services will include domestic and international voice, mobile, IP and Data. Headquartered in Grand Cayman, the Company is building a distribution network across the Islands, with the initial commercial launch scheduled for later in the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.caymanone.ky.

About SOMA Networks

Integrating the latest advances in wireless broadband, distributed computing, and Internet technologies, SOMA Networks offers the industry's leading "last-mile" wireless broadband system. With the SOMA solution, service providers can quickly and profitably roll out a feature-rich package of broadband Internet access and primary-line voice service to the residential and small-office market. Key advantages of the SOMA solution include its large cell size for quick and inexpensive market entry, multi-megabit data rates, superior voice capabilities, non-line-of-sight access enabling self-installation of the SOMAport(TM) wireless broadband gateway, subscriber self-activation of services, and the ability to support both WiMAX and HSDPA on a common platform. SOMA Networks is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum(TM). For more information, please visit: http://www.somanetworks.com.

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October 25, 2005

Cable & Wireless expands Net2Phone deal

From the AP:

"OCT. 24 11:40 A.M. ET Communications services provider Cable & Wireless PLC said Monday it is expanding its relationship with Net2Phone Inc., its hosted provider of broadband phone service, to include more islands throughout the Caribbean."
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October 24, 2005

CABLE & WIRELESS OFFERS AFFORDABLE INTERNET PACKAGE

From the St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat:

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: Cable & Wireless (St. Kitts and Nevis) Ltd. has announced an exciting and affordable internet package for customers in St. Kitts and Nevis as part of its 10th Anniversary of internet service in the Federation. The announcement was made on Wednesday 12th October 2005 at a press conference held at the Ocean Terrace Inn. Ms Pat Walters, CEO of C&W, outlined the importance of the internet to people and indicated that C&W continues to respond to the growing needs of its customers in a positive way. Mrs. Lavern Caines, Corporate Communications Manager and Chairperson of the day''s proceedings, emphasized that Cable & Wireless has an obligation to the people of the Caribbean and that obligation entails the provision of the best technology at the most affordable price. She also underscored the point that over the years the cost of C&W's internet products has decreased while internet access speed has increased.
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Is Digicel up for sale?

From the Jamaica Observer:

"Even as the mobile provider looks forward to a year-end start-up in Trinidad & Tobago informed telecom sources insist the Irish-owned company is up for sale or looking for a deep-pocketed equity partner.

It is being linked to an Egyptian conglomerate.
Several sources told the Business Guardian that the Digicel ownership structure has changed or is changing.

"They have reached a conditional agreement with a Middle Eastern entity for the purchase of the Caribbean properties but it is contingent on the turn-up of Trinidad and Haiti and the integration of the Cingular properties," said one source.
In June, Digicel - in partnership with Onefone - became the first company to be awarded a licence to operate a GSM network in Haiti."

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October 21, 2005

Laqtel on schedule for December CDMA launch

From The New Executive Times:

"PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Laqtel, Trinidad and Tobago's lone cell phone operator which plans to use a CDMA based communications network, said it is on schedule to launch its operations in December when final approval is expected from local authorities, says Marketing Manager, Lorraine Sikorski.

The company which has aspirations for developing a seamless region-wide network, has already signed a deal with Barbados based cellular license holder, Sunbeach to development their network offering."

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October 19, 2005

Centennial Deploying VoIP Technology in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic with Nortel Solutions; VoIP Technology to Drive Network Efficiencies and Services

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--(CCNMatthews - Oct 18, 2005) -

Centennial Communications (Nasdaq:CYCL), a leading Caribbean service provider, is deploying Nortel (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT) VoIP technology in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to deliver advanced communication services for enterprises.

Centennial is converging multiple voice and data networks in these countries into a single IP infrastructure supporting affordable advanced services such as VoIP and multimedia collaboration.

"Our enterprise customers depend on Centennial to deliver sophisticated communications services that make it possible to drive higher levels of business efficiency and productivity," said Thomas R. Cogar, Centennial's chief technology officer in the Caribbean. "We chose Nortel for our network upgrade because of its solid track record in implementing VoIP technologies that meet today's needs while providing a flexible foundation for quickly expanding to meet future customer demand."

"Nortel is working closely with Centennial to ensure its converged IP network drives new revenues by providing advanced services that enhance the communication experience of their customers," said Manuel Terrero, vice president, Carrier Packet Networks for Nortel in the Caribbean and Latin America. "Nortel has been helping service providers build advanced communication networks in the Caribbean for over 35 years and we continue that legacy with our current collaboration with Centennial."

Centennial will deploy Nortel's Communication Server (CS) 2000-Compact to deliver the full suite of voice services to business and residential customers, including voice mail and long distance calling. The deployment also includes Nortel's Media Gateway 15000, designed to help switch voice calls more cost-effectively with the public phone network.

Nortel ranked number one in the global markets for service provider softswitches and gateways for the first half of 2005 and the entire year of 2004, according to Synergy Research Group. Nortel is providing VoIP and multimedia solutions to many of the world's leading service providers, including Bell Canada, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, OneConnect, Rogers Communications, SaskTel, and VIVO in Brazil.

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October 17, 2005

Is there a market that Digicel doesn't plan to enter?

The Jamaica Observer is reporting the following:

Digicel names exec team for Haiti Observer Reporter Sunday, October 16, 2005

Cellular service company Digicel has named the senior management team for Haiti that will lead the development of the company's service in that Caribbean territory for which it secured a GSM operating licence in June this year.

The team is headed by chief executive officer, Ghada Gebara, a manager who Digicel says has had more than seven years' experience and expertise in mobile technology and wireless services having held senior positions at Asiacell, a major mobile phone provider in Iraq and CELLIS (France Telecom Mobile Lebanon) in Beirut, Lebanon.

Digicel says that Gebara who holds a Master's degree in Information Systems and Quality Management from the University of Havre, France.

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Cable & Wireless introduces NetSpeak UK numbers for Cayman customers

From Caribbean Net News:

"GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands: Following the successful launch of NetSpeak Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in the Cayman Islands in May 2005, Cable & Wireless (C&W) has now introduced UK local and toll-free numbers for subscribers of this service.

People calling NetSpeak subscribers from the UK will be able to call the Cayman Islands for less than a cost of an international call by dialling a local London, England number or a UK toll-free or freephone number (0800)."

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Trinidad & Tobago Braces for Intense Competition says Pyramid Research

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 11, 2005--The opening of Trinidad and Tobago's telecommunications market represents one of the last Caribbean markets to open its sector to competition, leaving the Bahamas as the only other closed market in the region. The entrance of Digicel and a third mobile operator, Laqtel, is likely to take significant market share away from the incumbent, TSTT. Trinidad & Tobago is shaping up to be the next battleground between Irish-owned Digicel and Cable & Wireless, which owns a majority stake in the local incumbent, TSTT.

"The current situation in Trinidad & Tobago is similar to that of Jamaica in 2001 when Digicel and another minor operator entered a market controlled by Cable & Wireless and severely eroded the incumbent's market share," says Pyramid Research analyst Thomas Abreu. "While Digicel is unlikely to grab market leadership in less than 2 years as it did in Jamaica, I do expect the challenger's impact to be significant."

Trinidad & Tobago has the potential for explosive growth. Mobile penetration stands at 40%, which is low considering that Trinidad & Tobago has a relatively high GDP per capita of US$12,000 and an economy benefiting from the rise in global energy prices (it is an exporter of petroleum and natural gas). Liberalization of the market and increased competition will serve to drive penetration. Also, "If any difficulties arise with signing interconnection agreements, users may purchase multiple phones creating a situation similar to that of Jamaica where penetration is above 80% despite a GDP of merely US$3500" adds Pyramid Research senior analyst Marc Einstein.

The country's newly-founded telecoms regulator, TATT, has been very active and efficient over its one year tenure and may extend its liberalizing efforts into other segments, including broadcasting. Trinidad & Tobago may turn out to be a small but interesting and dynamic telecoms market.

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Nortel to beef up Trinidad-Tobago wireless

From UPI:

The islands of Trinidad and Tobago will soon be hooked up to 3G wireless broadband under an agreement between the country's main telecom company and Nortel.

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago said in a release it had a goal of becoming the "wireless high-speed data leader" in the Caribbean islands that rely largely on international tourism and energy production.

"Nortel's CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO technology will enable us to deliver wireless data services and applications customers need to use for business, and also applications associated with information and entertainment like Internet Protocol Television," said TSTT Vice President Karamchand Perai.

The planned network will boost current connectivity speeds about tenfold to 2.4 megabits per second and make available high-speed services such as video and EV-DO enabled PDAs.

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October 12, 2005

Prosser Loses One Part of Belize Fight

From the St. Thomas Source:

Oct. 11, 2005 - Jeffrey Prosser, owner of the Virgin Islands phone company and other interests, has lost a skirmish in one of his legal battles in the mainland courts. (See "Court Actions Against ICC Multiply.")

An effort by his lawyers seeking judicial punishment of the Central American nation of Belize was ruled "frivolous," and Prosser's side was ordered to pay Belize's legal fees for this part of the case.

This ruling came unanimously from a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which had not previously ruled on any substantive matter in any of the Prosser cases.

This case grew out of the thwarted attempt by Prosser's Innovative Communication Company LLC to buy the monopoly phone company in Belize. After arguing it had not been paid an owed $57 million, the Government of Belize (GOB) seized the telephone system; Prosser took the matter to federal district court in Miami.

As part of long and complex litigation, the U.S. District Court judge at one point ordered an "in person mediation" in the hopes that such a process would lead to a settlement of the case.

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October 7, 2005

Telebarbados ready

From the CBC:

Telebarbados, one of the new players in the telecommunications sector, says its operations in the fixed line end of the market will be ready by the first quarter of next year.

The telecom firm was expected to start up operations in the during 2005, providing wireless internet, data and video transmissions, in competition with Cable and Wireless.

Technology team leader, Chris Halsall explains there were some setbacks but says Telebarbados is on target to come to market in early 2006, employing about 25 people at start-up.

Telebarbados has as its partner Light and Power Holdings, the parent company of the Barbados Light and Power Company and Leucadia National Corporation which has a market capitalisation exceeding four billion U.S. dollars.

Earlier this year, three companies were granted licenses to operate. The other two are Wiiscom Technologies Inc., and Last Mile Holdings Inc.

But Mr. Halsall says they're prepared for the competition.

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October 5, 2005

Cable & Wireless gets new Caribbean CEO

On 1 October Rick Kimsey took the helm of Cable & Wireless’ Caribbean operations, joining the company as its new Chief Executive Officer for the region.

Leonardo de Barros, current chief operating officer for the area is to consolidate his activities into his roles as Chairman of Cable & Wireless Jamaica and Cable & Wireless Panama, and board member of TSTT, Trinidad and Tobago, in which Cable & Wireless holds a 49 percent stake.

“The changes are very positive steps toward achieving the regional organization that we been developing for some time,” stated Harris Jones, executive director of international business for Cable & Wireless PLC. “Len and Rick are two men in whom I have immense confidence, and I look forward to working with them both long into the future, in order to achieve our objectives in the Caribbean.”

Mr Kimsey brings some 18 years of experience in the wireless, cable and international telecommunications businesses.

“Rick has a proven track record in operational and customer service excellence,” said Mr Jones.

Mr Kemsy said he was looking forward to leading the Caribbean businesses to the next stage of development.

“Having reviewed Cable & Wireless’ businesses, seen its product portfolio, and met several of the great people at C&W, we have great promise,” he added.

“I am honored to work with the team to tackle the challenges of our competitive marketplace.”

Mr de Barros described the past 30 months of serving as COO for the region, in addition to his Board responsibilities, as refreshing, rewarding, and enlightening.

“In working so closely with each of our Caribbean businesses I have gained a deeper understanding of our customers and our businesses,” he said.

“I’m committed to using these insights to ensure a successful roadmap for the future, through my Board member roles.”

During Mr de Barros’ tenure as COO, Cable & Wireless progressed many of its businesses on their path to compete in liberalizing markets, launched the bMobile brand, stabilized mobile market share across the region, and brought innovative services such as Broadband, Voice over IP, and Blackberry to the region.

Mr. de Barros remarked that for him, other highlights of this time were the heroism shown by Cable & Wireless employees in the face of Hurricane Ivan, the creation of a regional organization, and the many community development projects under-taken with the launch of the Cable & Wireless regional Foundation.

“I am grateful to Len for stepping in as COO at a crucial time, when we were preparing our markets for competition,” said Mr Jones.

“I thank him for the integrity, leadership and performance improvements he has brought to our business to date, and I look forward to continuing our work together for years to come.”

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October 3, 2005

Will the internet push the cellular price wars to the brink?

Yes. From the Jamaica Obvserver:

"Announcements by Cable and Wireless Jamaica and Digicel over the past few days that their mobile customers will be able to talk more for less is certainly cheerful news for Jamaican consumers who have been forced, in recent weeks, to pay more to drive, take the bus, turn on the light, take a shower or fetch a pail of water."

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