The Government has approved the acquisition of Columbus Communications by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), but Minister Phillip Paulwell is asserting that he was able to achieve major concessions for consumers in return for the approval.

While conceding there was little the Government could do to block the multibillion-dollar merger, Paulwell was quick to point out that CWC had agreed to a number of provisions that would benefit consumers over time.

“What I have sought to do is to go beyond the law and to extract certain conditions, including preserving access to Flow’s undersea fibre cables, LIME poles, as well as other broadband entry points to the country to Digicel and other competitors. LIME also acceded to the demand that it be ready for number portability by May 31 of this year.

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