Antigua and Barbuda has no intention to become a member of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL). This is according to Lionel Hurst.
ECTEL was established in 2000, by Treaty signed in Grenada, by the Governments of five Eastern Caribbean States – Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia & St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the regulatory body for telecommunications in its Member States.
The Government’s Spokesperson said that the Government has no intention of officially join the regulatory body.
“I don’t want to speak for the Minister of Information and Technology the Hon. Melford Nicholas but to the best of my knowledge and having garnered remarks made int he cabinet from time to time, it seems to me that there is no interest in becoming a part of ECTEL,” he said.
He said that ECTEL was commissioned for the purpose of addressing the monopoly created by Cable and Wireless and that issue was never in Antigua and Barbuda, therefore there is no need.
“ECTEL was established for the purpose of dealing with Cable and Wireless when it was a monopoly but Antigua and Barbuda never had Cable and Wireless as a monopoly, at least on the local services,” Hurst noted.