KINGSTON, Jamaica – In a press release Sunday, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell announced that effective 12:01 am, Monday, all systems are in place to facilitate number portability by individuals and businesses.
In this regard, both fixed-line and mobile telephone customers in Jamaica will be able to switch networks and retain their original numbers if they so desire.
The first port would become possible at 9:00 am on June 22, 2015.
Cable & Wireless Communications parent company of LIME will double the size of its business after agreeing to buy a Caribbean and Central American telecoms group backed by John Malone for about $3bn.
The British telecoms group has agreed terms to purchase Columbus International operators of FLOW, a privately owned telecoms and technology services provider in the Caribbean, Central America and the Andean region.
Cable & Wireless Communications will pay $1.9bn for the Barbados-based business, as well as assume about $1.2bn in net debt from Columbus’s balance sheet.
Mr Malone, chairman of US-based Liberty Global and the Caribbean firm’s largest single minority shareholder, will also end up with a large stake in CWC following the deal.
CWC will pay $708m in cash and issue shares to investment vehicles controlled by the two co-founders of Columbus and Mr Malone. The Columbus shareholders will hold about 36 per cent of shares in the larger group following the deal.
Clifton 'Clif-Twang' Brown, the man who rose to popularity with the catchy slang 'Nobody Canna Cross It', is in police lock-up after appearing in court for the lack of child maintenance.
A reliable source close to the case said that Brown, who has been back and forth in the Family Court, was taken into custody in December.
All roads led to Santa Cruz last Saturday where telecoms company LIME, staged yet another successful leg of its 'Talk EZ Road Tour' which has been making its way across the island since the launch in mid-June.
Taking along a caravan of artistes, bikers, comedians and phone deals, LIME lit up the quiet St Elizabeth community on Saturday afternoon. With the likes of Tami Chynn, Ieye, Tanto Blacks, Kevin Downswell, QQ and Aidonia, the large crowd hung around for over four hours at the Santa Plaza, anxious for the next big act to take the stage.
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