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KINGSTON — Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, says that the Government has approved the acquisition of Claro by fellow telecommunication company, Digicel.

The Prime Minister made the disclosure in a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday August 30, which has been temporarily located at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston, while improvement to the roof of Gordon House is carried out.

Mr. Golding said that the acquisition is to be done without any modification to the licences and the obligations contained therein.

"This means that Digicel will be required to fulfil all of the obligations contained in the Claro licences, with regard to the type of facility and specified service that must be provided, its interconnection obligations, licence limitations and network expansion obligations,” Mr. Golding said.

He added that Digicel will be required to maintain a separate network and complete a separate build-out of 90 per cent penetration of the island, as required under the original Claro licences.

"Fulfilment of these obligations will be vigorously monitored and enforced,” the Prime Minister asserted.

He also stated that the issue has brought into sharp focus the need to strengthen the legal and regulatory framework for the telecommunications industry, to bring it in line with contemporary best practices and ensure that the interest of the consumer is held paramount.

Digicel, in March, announced that it had signed an agreement with América Móvil to acquire its Claro business in Jamaica, and to sell to América Móvil its businesses in Honduras and El Salvador, in return.

                                                                       

By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter

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