Experts say competitors will suffer minimal disruption in 850-MHz redistribution — gov’t

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By Robert A. Emmanuel

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has reaffirmed its position on the equitable redistribution of the 850-megahertz (MHz) frequency band, as it reported that telecommunications experts from the United States have stated that any disruption caused by the reallocation of frequency band will be minimal.

The Cabinet held discussions on Wednesday with the General Manager of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Esworth Martin, APUA’s Telecommunications Manager, Vaughn Brown, and the two US telecommunications experts on the sharing of the 850-megahertz band and APUA’s move to ensure Fiber-To-Home (FTH) to at least every household.

The Cabinet notes stated that the experts explained that the inclusion of APUA in the low frequency band “was a requirement if the national carrier was to deliver improved voice service.”

During the post-Cabinet press briefing, yesterday, Information Minister Melford Nicholas said that one of APUA suppliers, who addressed the Cabinet on the matter, stated that without the “access to the low frequency spectrum to support APUA mobile voice network, they would not be able to compete.”

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