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Operator defeats Digicel in court

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UK-based Cable & Wireless (C&W) has defeated a multi-million pound damages claim brought against it by Caribbean telecoms rival Digicel, reports The Financial Times.
After seven months of hearings, a UK High Court judge yesterday dismissed Digicel’s lawsuit relating to the liberalisation of the telecoms market in Caribbean countries between 2002 and 2006, in which the Irish-owned, Jamaica-based mobile group alleged it suffered losses of more than GBP65 million (USD100 million).

It claimed C&W had acted unlawfully by obstructing interconnection of telecoms networks to delay Digicel’s launch in various Caribbean markets, but the judge threw out all of Digicel’s claims relating to Barbados, Cayman, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines and Grenada. Digicel was awarded nominal damages for breach of contract by C&W’s Turks & Caicos operating subsidiary. C&W is now seeking reimbursement of its costs, whilst Digicel says it is ‘extremely disappointed’ and is considering its legal options.

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