Digicel secures injunction against Antigua-Barbuda confiscating its spectrum

Digicel has won the first round of a legal battle against the Government of Antigua and Barbuda which wants to confiscate some of the company's high-speed spectrum to give it to one of its rivals.
Digicel has secured an injunction against the Government.
The authorities made an attempt to strip Digicel and another operator, Flow, of spectrum used for 4G lite mobile services, and hand it over to the state-owned telco, Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).
Digicel claims the move would force it to spend £22 million rebuilding its network, and has accused the local government of allowing anti-competitive behaviour.
As well as competing with Digicel in the mobile market, APUA is also the island's telecoms regulator.
The local government has suggested it will hold negotiations with Digicel and Flow, but warned that no court can tell it who it can grant a spectrum licence to.

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