Cuba applies for fiber optic cable from Jamaica
Posted: 18 May 2009 12:44 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The one day trip to Cuba last Thursday that ended in a swirl of controversy involving former prime minister P J Patterson was a proactive attempt by telecom giant Digicel to secure a phone service carrier contract between Jamaica and Cuba, the Sunday Observer has learnt.

He said he had traveled to Cuba with Digicel officials to hold discussions with the Ministry of Informatics and Communication in Cuba.

“Digicel has been the first Caribbean operator to establish a commercial agreement with ETECSA and is seeking to expand its operations in the Caribbean market,” Patterson said.

Government sources have confirmed that Cuba has applied for a fiber-optic cable to run to Jamaica.

“As a result, Cuba now needs to get a carrier and Digicel and LIME have been shortlisted by the Cubans,” a highly placed Government source said yesterday.

He added that Cuba’s application for the license is now before the Office of Utilities Regulation and is expected to be approved very soon.

A People’s National Party official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Patterson was approached by Digicel to assist them in negotiating for the contract.

“Digicel figured that because of Mr Patterson’s known negotiating skills and the fact that he has considerable contacts in Cuba that he could help them,” said the source.

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