Caricel company management sites conspiracy

Principals of embattled firm Caricel Jamaica have labelled the Government’s revocation of operations licences as tantamount to a conspiracy aimed at preventing the start-up company from providing direct competition to “incumbent foreign-owned telecommunications companies operating in Jamaica”.
The Court of Appeal refused Caricel’s application for interim relief aimed at protecting the company’s business pending the hearing of an appeal against the Supreme Court’s disallowance of a judicial review of former minister Dr Andrew Wheatley’s decision to annul several of Caricel’s telecommunications licences.
“We represent a direct and powerful competition to the incumbent foreign-owned companies. We offer technology that affords every Jamaican the same access to information and markets irrespective of geographic location and income level,” the firm’s secretary for legal and regulatory affairs, Minett Lawrence, said.
She outlined that Caricel had come under many “attacks”, hinting at a deep-seated plot to engineer its downfall. But Lawrence insisted that the firm would take the matter to the Privy Council. The company is being represented by Anthony, Lord Gifford.
But as the company began rolling out its services, some of Jamaica’s international partners – believed to be the United States, Canada, and Britain – were reportedly adamant that under its then ownership, the company was not fit and proper to operate in the telecommunications sector.
This led to a review of the conditions that led to the granting of the licence, which culminated with the OUR’s recommendation that it should be revoked.

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