It's official: Gov't revokes Symbiote's licence

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government has, with effect from April 10, 2018, revoked the telecommunications licences of Symbiote Investments, which operated as Caricel Jamaica.

The announcement, which was made in a newspaper advertisement today, follows a Supreme Court decision, allowing the Government to revoke Symbiote's licenses.

The court also rejected an application from lawyers representing Symbiote to appeal its ruling.

This represents a breach of the Telecommunications Act, through which the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) regulates the telecommunications sector.

The process to revoke Symbiote's telecommunications licence was initiated by then Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Andrew Wheatley after he received the recommendation from the OUR.

The OUR, in its newspaper ad today, said it has given notice that the minister with responsibility for telecommunications has revoked the following licences:

Licence No. 97/2015-Mobile Provider (Symbiote Investments Limited), Licence 2015

Licence No. 98/2015 Mobile Carrier (Symbiote Investments Limited), Licence 2015

Licence No. 113/2016- Service Provider Licence [International (Voice & data) Services]

Licence No. 114/2016- Carrier Licence

Licence No. 115/2016 Service Provider Licence [Domestic Voice Services]

Licence No. 116/2016- Service Provider Licence [Internet Services]

OUR further noted that “Symbiote Investments Limited is not authorised to own and operate a facility as defined under the Act, nor is it permitted to provide telecommunications or other specified services, as defined in the Act, to the public”.

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