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The Fair Trading Commission has approved the Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Limited (C&W) Draft Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO) 2017, which will now be adopted as the RIO 2019.
The RIO sets out the terms and conditions under which a telecommunications service provider or carrier will permit another service provider or carrier to interconnect with its network. Interconnection is a critical part of telecommunications service, as it facilitates delivery of telecommunication services and traffic within and across borders and encourages the growth of competition in the sector.
The Draft RIO 2017 was deemed necessary as the telecommunications industry has experienced significant developments since the approval of the RIO 2010. In its Decision, the Commission determined that: the Draft RIO 2017 adequately addresses the various technological advances in the telecommunications/information and communications technology (ICT) industry; the general structure of the Draft RIO 2017, inclusive of its standard terms and conditions, remains adequate; and the rates and rate structure for interconnection charges are now congruent with those approved in the Commission’s Decision on Long Run Incremental Cost (LRIC) Interconnection Rates 2015.
The Commission has also determined that the Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) Transit Charge, as found in the Commission’s Decision on the Interconnection Dispute between C&W and Digicel (Barbados) Limited (Digicel), is not required.
April 23, 2019
Nekaelia Hutchinson-Holder 
Information Specialist
Fair Trading Commission
Good Hope, Green Hill,
St. Michael
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Tel.: 424-0260  
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