Jamaica closer to getting a third mobile phone provider

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It appears that Jamaica is closer to getting a third mobile phone provider.

Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell says an application is before Cabinet for the granting of a licence for the provision of mobile telecommunications services in Jamaica.

Speaking Wednesday at the opening of the Energy Services Company Industry (ESCO) National Stakeholder Conference in Kingston, Paulwell said the application has been approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation.

It has also received approval from the Spectrum Management Authority.

He noted that the granting of the new licence will broaden competition in Jamaica's telecommunications industry. Currently, there are two major telecommunications providers in Jamaica.