The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) said it has taken steps to utilize legislative tools, to ensure that it keeps the environment open for competition in the telecommunications sector.
In addressing the issue relating to the LIME/Columbus merger, Managing Director of ECTEL Embert Charles said this will help to mitigate the impact of the merger on consumers in the region.
Charles said that as part of the overall policy objective as a regulator, it will continue discussions with the service providers until all parties reach an agreement.
However, it was highlighted that after 15 months of negotiations, ECTEL and LIME/Columbus were unable to reach an agreement, since the service provider refused the sign the agreement.
Minister responsible for Information and Broadcasting in Saint Lucia, Dr. James Fletcher noted that there are legal limitations that poses impediments for the regulation of telecommunication operations.
However, he said ECTEL is committed to ensuring smooth operation and the best result for the consumers.
Country Manager for the newly re-branded FLOW, Geraldine Pitt, had responded to statements made by Minister Fletcher, which she claims were inaccurate.
The minister had said that CWC/FLOW is allegedly refusing to adhere to certain recommendations to ensure the local telecoms market remains free and conducive for competition.
The CEO had said that while a full agreement has not been put together, FLOW has agreed to a number of conditions and will continue to dialogue with stakeholders.
Pitt also said there is no immediate plans by FLOW to increase the cost of its products and services.