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Digicel rate ruling next week

Friday, July 06, 2012    

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DIGICEL is to know next week Thursday if the Supreme Court will grant its application for an injunction barring the Utilities Regulation (OUR) from carrying out its plan to reduce interconnection rates by July 15.

The court will also decide whether to give Digicel leave to challenge the OUR's decision to reduce the rate without prior consultation.

Justice Ingrid Mangatal reserved her decision yesterday after hearing final submissions on the matter.

Digicel filed its application in the Supreme Court shortly after the OUR announced that, as of July 15, the interim mobile termination rate would be $5 per minute for incoming domestic and international telephone calls.

The telecoms giant is contending that due process was not followed and that it was not consulted before the new rate was set.

The OUR is empowered to set rates under the Telecommunications Act.

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