Telecommunications Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor is calling on the island’s three telecommunications providers to sit down for talks in order to find a solution on the issue of congestion across networks.
The minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology has made the call in the wake of recent accusations being traded between APUA and Digicel regarding the serious congestion on the interconnection links between APUA and Digicel.
The minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister pointed the finger at “talk as you like” type plans for increasing the congestion.
“With the introduction of liberal ‘talk away’ plans by both Digicel and LIME, the degree of congestion across all the networks has increased four-fold,” Mansoor said.
“What this in effect means is that customers of one mobile carrier will have to compete for space on the already congested networks to be able to communicate with someone who is a customer of a competing mobile carrier.
“This is being further exacerbated by competing mobile phone traffic by cruise ship visitors as well as long stay visitors,” he added.
The minister revealed that in at least two meetings called by his ministry to seek a solution to the matter, little progress has been made, so he is now calling on the three providers to sit down together and resolve the matter.
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