Telecommunications competitons and their profiles in the caribbean region

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Competition and their Profiles

We are in the in the midst of global information revolution driven by the union and increase in information and communication technologies. The telecommunications sector is changing at warp speed, driven by technological innovation that results in new equipment and services and ultimately new entrants into the market with experience in a wide range of information

For more than 40 years, London based Cable & Wireless has held a monopoly in many English-speaking Caribbean countries including Barbados however, this has changed tremendously through the Telecommunications Act (1996).

As a result of this, the telecommunications services are increasingly being liberalized to attract competitive providers here in Barbados and on a global scale. Some of the providers that have been awarded the licenses to operate in Barbados are as follows:

AT&T: The history of AT&T is in large measure the history of the telephone in the United States.

AT&T's roots stretch back to 1875, with founder Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone. During the 19th century, AT&T became the parent company of the Bell System, the American telephone monopoly. The Bell System provided what was by all accounts the best telephone service in the world. The system broke up into eight companies in 1984 by agreement between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice. From 1984 until 1996 AT&T was an integrated telecommunications services and equipment company, succeeding in a newly competitive environment. Currently, AT&T has acquired a license to operate in Barbados and plan on instituting a wide range of services within Barbados and the region.

Digicel: DIGICEL Barbados Limited, was set up by Irish entrepreneur Denis O'Brien with the ambition of becoming the Vodafone of the Caribbean is aiming to bring a totally positive customer service experience to Barbadians when it launches its GSM cellular...