TSTT has filed a judicial review of an arbitration panel set
up by the Telecommunications Authority to determine interconnection
The application was made last Wednesday and the High Court
moved the date of an interim hearing between TSTT and Digicel
originally scheduled for April 18 to April 20.
The arbitration panel, which consists of Rory McMillan, an
attorney based in Switzerland and two directors of the TATTRepublic
Bank economist Ronald Ramkissoon and UWI engineer Shahid Hussain,
was appointed by TATT to resolve an interconnection dispute
following a notice filed by Digicel in January. The panel
had 90 days to make a decision.
On March 31, after TSTT had installed the necessary interconnection
equipment, the panel determined that an interim rate of sender
gets all would be in effect until April 18, with the
final rates being determined in June.
Lisa Agard, TSTTs vice president legal, carrier and
regulatory services said TSTT filed an application to judicially
review the panels order on the grounds that the panel
has no jurisdiction to make or set interim rates.
She said the company had also obtained a stay of those
parts of the panel order that dealt with directions for the
setting up of interim rates.
Both the panel and TSTT are set to meet in court for a review
She said the company hoped to unite with Digicel on this issue.
do not think the panel has the power to set interim rates,
The sender gets all model means that either provider
will keep revenue generated by calls on its network. A call
termination fee, on each others network has yet to be