Jamaica approves new mobile operator licence

04 May 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe

Jamaica’s finance minister Audley Shaw has confirmed that the country is to get another mobile service provider as the government’s cabinet has approved the granting of a new licence.

The operator, although not named at this stage, will offer “basic telephone and cellular services,” Shaw said yesterday appearing before a standing finance committee of parliament examining 2016/17 expenditure estimates.

Presently, there are two major telecommunications providers in the country and news of a new player surfaced in January when a former technology minister said the cabinet was considering an application for a new cellular licence.

Shaw had appeared before the committee on behalf of Andrew Wheatley, the country’s technology minister, who was abroad on government business.