Cable & Wireless Makes 91 Million Dollar Profit – Barbados Consumers Still Pay $4.00 Monthly Charge Per Cell Phone

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Barbadians are being portrayed as over 90 percent literate, but we must ask ourselves if this literacy entwined our behaviour regarding how we are raped by certain multi national monopolies whose only language are Profits, Assets, Dividends and Price Increases. In the last budget speech, Barbadians were fed a rough diet of taxes that are choking us, yet we keep our mouth shut and digest the said diet of bitter pills.

Once before we use to look at homes with electricity, with telephones and with a car as luxuries, but these things are now a necessity. We thought that with the implementation of cell phones was for the wealthy, but we now find that it is a precious instrument for communication. Unfortunately, the PM acknowledged that over 290,000 mobile phones are in operation, thus the excellent reason (in his opinion) to relieve us of $4.00 per month. Owners of cell phones will grease the Consolidated Funds with healthy net revenue of $13.9 million per year.

Cable and Wireless made BDS$659.71 NET PROFIT for every man, women and child on Barbados for financial year ending March 2008.

Are we as a people really analyzed how these monopolies rape economies? Are our leaders really looking at the bottom line especially when these companies have the audacity to let us know that they enjoy a $91 million after tax profit? This is the area where I am angry, fed-up and sick of the raping of our people by companies and our leaders. I am stating that the budget could have embraced monopolies who surpassed a certain profit margin to be taxed accordingly. Would C&W be affected by releasing some of these profits to the consumer?

If as stated by the PM that all these cell phones are in operational, that mean the service provider will be receiving approximately $20 to $40 per month per consumer multiply by 290,000, but alas!, the budget by passed them and imposed the harsh penalty on the consumer. I am saying that Cable & Wireless have been raping us for years and now seeing fit to remove certain costs that should never been imposed in this first place.

This is the time for an open telecommunication market where we will be able to enjoy far better rates. We deserve better Barbados, let’s start putting pressure on these money grabbing entities.

By the way, C&W is now a lean machine due to the downgrading of staff and electronic answering services. What say you Technician?

Written by BFP Reader Tell Me Why.

The phrase in red was suggested by another reader.

Further Reading

Nation News: $91m To C & W In 2007/2008

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47 responses to “Cable & Wireless Makes 91 Million Dollar Profit – Barbados Consumers Still Pay $4.00 Monthly Charge Per Cell Phone

  1. Hants

    Options available to consumer.

    Get rid of land line.

    Use cellphone sparingly and stop using your money to buy benzes and bimmers for Phone company execs and Investors..

  2. Options available to the regulators…

    Enforce the laws on the books, and enable true competition to enter the marketplace…

    @Hants: don’t forget that most high-speed Internet here is provisioned over the “copper-plant”, AKA the land lines…

  3. John

    Guess the obvious question to ask is why not take the $4.00 x 12 = $48.00 out of the BDS$659.71 NET PROFIT for every man, women and child on Barbados for financial year ending March 2008.

    Is it as simple as that?

    Maybe I should get some sleep and revisit these numbers to see if they make any sense.

    Lets see $90Million/300,000 people = 900/3=$300 per person.

    Not sure if I agree with the $659.71 net profit per person. Still, $48.00 taken out of people’s pockets when CW net profit per person has increased by 14% to $300.00 is still obscene.

    Between last year and this year C&W got an extra 14% so its net profit last year was about $263 per person, up by about $37.00 per person.

    Maybe C&W and us should share this tax ?

    I will sleep on these figures and revisit them when my mind is clearer in the morning, …. hopefully!!

  4. Donald Duck, Esq

    I don’t believe the minister or his deputy has brought the legislation to parliament that would allow the government to collect the $4 tax as yet. Perhaps they are still trying to work out how will it be collected. Will this have VAT added on to it?

  5. ROK

    I will say it again that the Intervenors fought a long and hard battle to stop C&W but government let them through the back door with this Price Cap foolishness.

    …but my grandfather always told me that when you see a man fishing in a dry pond, he knows what he is doing. So whenever I see things happen and decisions that make no sense, I always repeat that saying.

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    John,

    According to the initial TeleGeography (based in Washington, D.C.) report, the net profit for financial year ending March 2008 of Cable and Wireless BARBADOS was US$91.7 million.

    It appears most population numbers found on the internet for Barbados are based on estimates, but somewhere between 278,000 and the highest I found was 281,968.

    So US$91.7 million x 2 = BDS$183.4 million divided by 278,000 = BDS$659.71

    The figure quoted was also a net profit (after taxes).

  7. bp

    If you think that Cable & Wireless rapes us, see what Rogers does to the Canadians! They are also getting raped……….but without libricant!

  8. bp

    lubricant is what I meant.

  9. Cynic

    And how much capital doe C & W have invested in Barbados to get this return?

    I’m more interested in finding out the ROI (return on investment) that a company has before you start screaming about exploitation.

    If investors can’t get a good ROI on they investment then they will just keep their money in the Bank, and there will be no telephone company and no jobs.

    I’m not defending cable and wireless. I think its very likely they are exploitative but simply quoting their profit is not a particularly useful figure in making that judgement.

  10. Beefcake

    The math is completely wrong once again, as it was for the sale of Caribbee / Ocean View article.

    It is oversimplification to talk about the profit per person when Corporate activity accounts for a substantial portion of the revenue.

    I’ve seen firms with telephone bills of $24,000 per month and cellular bills of $7,000.

  11. Lady Anon

    Correct me if I am wrong, but the $4 is not only on C&W but on Digicel as well.

    My understanding is that the “tax” is not on company specific, but on the market. If sunbeach had successfully gone into the market, the “tax” would have been on them too!

    It is erroneous for us to target one company just because they made millions in profit. If that is the case, why C&W and not R L Seale? Why C&W and not PWC. Why C&W and not BHL?

  12. Tony Hall

    I see nothing wrong with the $4.00 tax, and it is not C&W alone. It is also Digicel. In the Budget this tax was earmarked specifically for education.

  13. Off topic – I just published “Barbados Government expropiates Kingsland land but does not pay!”

  14. Technician

    Well …Tell Me Why….You had to drag me into this one, just couldn’t leave me alone.
    All I have to say is that it is high time that Bajans start putting their priorities in order.
    C&W, as I have said to you before is not a charity.It is a business and will continue to look for profits.
    They have investors to satisfy and that is their goal.
    This ‘profit’ is chicken feed compared to other totals I have seen and they will continue to make more as long as we remain in this materialistic way of life.
    Hants say …’get rid of land line’…you obviously don’t live here. Get rid of it and do what…use a cell? Dont you know a basic land line is cheaper than any cell bill?
    Without a land line, how will you get adsl?
    There are many other options out there for long distance, PBX and key systems. One just needs to ask. The technology is there. It may cost you in the start up but the long term benefits are worth it.
    Remember Tell Me Why…we were upset with Direct Tv and Multi Choice too……..remember what we did?

  15. Adrian Hinds

    Hants
    August 27, 2008 at 3:34 am
    Options available to consumer.

    Get rid of land line.

    Use cellphone sparingly and stop using your money to buy benzes and bimmers for Phone company execs and Investors..
    ==================================

    In other words retailers can only make their profits if the consumer allows them right? I have never seen a people so ignorant of the the power they have to control the outflow of their money.

  16. John

    Adrian Loveridge
    August 27, 2008 at 8:56 am
    John,

    According to the initial TeleGeography (based in Washington, D.C.) report, the net profit for financial year ending March 2008 of Cable and Wireless BARBADOS was US$91.7 million.

    It appears most population numbers found on the internet for Barbados are based on estimates, but somewhere between 278,000 and the highest I found was 281,968.

    So US$91.7 million x 2 = BDS$183.4 million divided by 278,000 = BDS$659.71

    The figure quoted was also a net profit (after taxes).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Sorry, I assumed Barbados dollars. I must be slipping as I know very well the old Dale Marshall trick of confusing Barbados and US dollars!!

    The 14% rise in profit then converts in my approximate method to $37.00 x 2 = $74.00 per head and renders the numbers totally obscene.

    Does the Nation mention US$? I checked last night but did not see it so assumed BDS$.

    Wonder what the ROI is with this profit?

  17. Adrian Loveridge

    John,

    Even more interesting when you compare the profits generated by C&W BARBADOS with the parent company C&W plc.

    I thought it was the Vikings that were experts in rape and pillage!

  18. ru4real

    Maybe people should just stop talking so much!

  19. TWWIFOS

    Well there are a few things that you can do……

    1- Use a VOIP service like Skype. This way you don’t have to pay the C&W outrageous long distance charges. It’s only 3 cents US per minute to call most anywhere.

    2- If you own a Mac use i-chat when you can…..It’s FREE!

    3- Get a “prepaid” cell phone account and pay as you go. Then you won’t get hit with the $4. per month fee.

    4- Yeah…..stop talking so much. Everyone walking around with a cellphone glued to their ears like they have something so important to say. Besides, the jury is still out on if cell phones can cause brain cancer. If you do have to use one a lot then definitely get a ear piece.

    Unfortunately, there is not much you can do for the high internet service price at this point. Due to the lack on competition we still pay way triple what it would cost in the states for a retentively slow connection. I just tested my speed at;

    http://www.speedtest.net/mini.php

    Download = 1691K
    Upload = 263K (what a joke)

    Is this really the “high speed” that we keep hearing about? I don’t think so.

  20. @Technician: “C&W, as I have said to you before is not a charity.It is a business and will continue to look for profits. They have investors to satisfy and that is their goal.”

    You are absolutely correct. No one should be angry with C&W — they are simply doing their jobs.

    Who people *should* be angry with is the FTC. Because of their (in)actions, there is much less competition than there should be.

    Just so people know, it costs less than BDS $0.02 a minute to terminate a call into the North American Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Rates could be a *lot* lower then they currently are, but if (and only if) competition was actually able to enter the marketplace.

    I have covered this topic extensively on my Blog. And almost ended up being sued because of it…

  21. @TWWIFOS: “Use a VOIP service like Skype. This way you don’t have to pay the C&W outrageous long distance charges.”

    For the record, I personally wrote the Barbados Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Policy, as part of my (pro bono) work on the Telecommunications Act Revision Committee. This policy finally legalized the use of VoIP in Barbados.

    Let me please make the observation that VoIP is only appropriate for *business* when it is run over a circuit with Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLA). I.e. *not* a local xDSL circuit. Otherwise you may encounter drop-outs, latency and other issues with no recourse.

    There exist two other policies: “Two Stage Dialing” and “Equal Access and Indirect Access”. These establish the framework to allow a regular PSTN user in Barbados to use alternative long distance carriers.

    All it would take is the enforcement of these policies to create a competitive environment…

  22. reality check

    “Who people *should* be angry with is the FTC. Because of their (in)actions, there is much less competition than there should be.”

    I smell “juice” to keep things workiing very very slowly so the Barbadian consumer keeps paying and paying. True competition should have occurred 4-5 years ago.

  23. Brutus

    The net profit of $91.7M is Barbados dollars, according to C&W’s audited financial statements (included in the annual report posted at http://www.candw.com.bb/barbados/docs/about_us/CWBannualreport2008.pdf )

    Note also that C&W paid taxes of $23,987,000 in 2008 (this I imagine would have been for 2007 taxes) and $15,850,000 in 2007 (for 2006 taxes) – see page 22.

    The 2008 taxes of $25,738,000 (see note 7) would be paid after March 31, 2008.

  24. Brutus

    Cable and Wireless (West Indies) Limited owns 81% of the shares so only 81% of the profit is theirs. The company paid dividends of $51,921,000 during 2008 so the parent company got about $42M.

    I am not sure how much C&W invested in their Barbados operations but I suspect they have made back their investment several times over.

  25. @Brutus…

    It could be argued that C&W didn’t (won’t) pay $25.7M in taxes for 2007/08, but that the *people* and *businesses* of Barbados did…

    And, please note that the $42M paid to C&W (WI) (owned 100% by C&W PLC (read: UK)) is a foreign exchange deficit…

    Please don’t misunderstand me — I’m a capitalist through and through. But capitalism includes free markets and open competition…

  26. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘But capitalism includes free markets and open competition’

    So well said Chris!

  27. John

    Technician
    August 27, 2008 at 11:30 am
    Well …Tell Me Why….You had to drag me into this one, just couldn’t leave me alone.
    All I have to say is that it is high time that Bajans start putting their priorities in order.
    C&W, as I have said to you before is not a charity.It is a business and will continue to look for profits.
    They have investors to satisfy and that is their goal.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is there a difference between an investor and a stakeholder?

    Is an investor a stakeholder?

    Sure is.

    Are stakeholders investors? ….. not all.

    My feeling is that C&W needs to operate in such a way that is satisfying to its investor and non investor stakeholders!!

    …. BDS$ or US$, it isn’t going to matter.

    That underlying principle of business stands.

    Anybody know what Digicel’s net profit was?

  28. Technician

    At least John and Chris get the picture.
    Businesses in Barbados are to blame for most of their outrageous bills.
    Why would any business want to lease a PBX or Nortel Key system from C&W, when they could buy it and have it installed for a fraction of what C&W charges.
    I tell you….there is nothing that C&W sells or rents (other than the land line POTS) that is not available to the average person.We just need to be vigilant consumers and do some research.
    With a basic adsl package in your business, your potential, with the right techie would astound you.
    I am saving hundreds and so are my friends.

  29. @Technician…

    With all due respect, you obviously did not actually read (or, at least, did not understand) my language…

    Yes, businesses can do wonders with regards to their own exposure if they take responsibility for their own infrastructure.

    *BUT*, individual businesses are not fundamentally at fault for the ridiculous costs they face for telephony… This blame must be (and can only be) placed before the regulators (read: the FTC. Read: the government)…

    @Technician et al: please read my Blog. It is all explained there…

  30. Adrian Loveridge

    Mr. Mahon,

    It it the pot calling the kettle black?

    Mahon: Origin – Celtic or Gaelic meaning bear.

    Some noteworthy people of the name Mahon:

    Derek Mahon (b.1941) Irish Poet
    Alice Mahon (b. 1937) an English trade unionist and Labour Party politician.
    Denis Mahon (b. 1910) A British collector and historian of Italian art.
    Gavin Mahon (b. 1977) a professional English football player
    Peter Mahon (b. 1923) New Zealand barrister
    Peter Mahon (b. 1909) British Labour Party Member of Parliament.

    Quite where you live today and how you got there is open to a great deal of speculation, but it could include being a descendent of King Milesius,related to a member of the flight of the wild geese, being banned after the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland, the potato famine or the millions of Irish that emigrated to England or the United States(so called White Sails).

  31. @John: “Anybody know what Digicel’s net profit was?”

    Digicel is a privately held company. Therefore, such information is not available. Technically, the regulators could request such (and other) information, but I doubt this has been done.

    It is, frankly, a tidy little duopoly… And our marketplace is too small to support a third cellular provider.

    I personally have argued that all telecommunications services should be regulated until such time as no provider has more than 40% market share. Instead, however, the FTC choose to not regulate any market with *any* competition, or even the *possibility* of competition.

    Take the recent Price Cap Mechanism (PCM) review, for example. The FTC have moved International Direct Dialing (long distance) to Basket #3 (no price cap), arguing that because of the “Two Stage Dialing” and “Equal Access and Indirect Access” policies, competition is expected. But then, at the same time, they refuse to review the Reference Interconnection Offers (RIOs) to include “Outgoing International Call Termination”, preventing the above policies from being implementable…

    As newly wed wives used to be told: “Grit your teeth, and think of England…”

  32. Church Mouse

    Clint Mahon, it is irrelevant how much Peach & Quiet made. Stick to the issues and keep the insults to yourself. Adrian Loveridge is not ripping off anybody. When you make 600 million dollars in profit in one country don’t try to milk the poor consumers of that country.
    And I totally agree with TELL ME WHY. Those tax increases were simply outrageous, bordering on fiscal lunacy. Imagine raising road tax from 265 dollars to 400 dollars and the registration fee for lawyers from 500 dollars to 2,500!! Meanwhile, a government agency can find close to 100 thousand dollars to give to a wuk up bunny and a troupe of naked girls.
    All this and Barbadians carrying on like nothing happened.

  33. Pearl of Wisdom

    Priceless – absolutely priceless!

    I have never seen a people
    so ignorant of the the power they have
    to control the outflow of their money.

    That accurately describes the Bajan consumer’s attitude.
    Love it.

  34. 329.18

    ru4real said..
    “Maybe people should just stop talking so much! ”

    Not us in here.. but most Bajans out there
    fail to realize how many million$ of dollar$ are going up in hot air,
    since Digicel broke open the cell phone market back in Feb. of 2004.

    My wife’s cloth store felt the effects immediately
    when it became clear that (suddenly) a huge chunk of disposable income had switched from basic stuff like salt flour and cloth
    to yakking your salary away on the new-fangled ‘toy-for-every-Boy’!

    Nothing has changed since March of 2004,
    in fact the situation has got even worse,
    with unthinking people incapable of controlling their money
    wasting ever more dollars on nuthin but CHAT!

    And if you think these people are doing deals, or buying/selling stock on their cellphones…think again!
    They are talking pure piffle and smalltalk.
    But.. it’s their lives and their ca$h, and up in smoke it goes!

    What was it that the man above said?
    “I have never seen a people
    so ignorant of the the power they have
    to control the outflow of their money” ?

    Priorities are now to have an expensive cellphone
    (mine was free from Digicel)
    and to stick in a $10 card
    -every day of life!
    Cool,den!

  35. 180

    ‘But capitalism includes free markets and open competition’
    So well said Chris! — indeed.
    ………

    As usual, doing business in Barbados is
    essentially
    shooting fish in a barrel.

    And between Government
    and Business,Inc.
    they maintain the barrel
    and the stock of fish to be shot at!

    The system has worked well for hundreds of years
    and is not about to change anytime soon.
    Ask BS&T.

    ____________________
    “We are not an enforcement culture”

    Read: enforcement is unpleasant in our neoAfrican-Caribbean culture.
    We are all still on the way up(economically)
    by hook or by crook.

    Mainly by crook.

    In another two generations
    by which time everybody should be well established,financially
    we shall then become ‘an enforcement culture’

    Bide thy time
    and gird thy loins
    – simultaneously.

  36. Tell me Why

    Cable and Wireless is a business just like any other and it has the right to charge whatever it wants and make as much money as it can.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    First of all Clint, this has nothing to do with Mr. Loveridge so why are you being personal. Now let’s keep on track and deal with this sordid affair regarding a sole provider who has been raping us for years. Although Digicel should also be part of the equation, we must also be cognizant to the fact that Digicel is using the said C & W services and the majority of the C & W profits would have come from the said Digicel.
    However John and Adrian, you have to adjust your ratio to include Digicel.

    Now to Technician. Yes, a company’s main objective is to make a profit, and yes that copany should make a fair ROI, but should consumers be hoodwinked with unjustified cost because the company has the sole proprietary of the service? Are we going to continue with one man shows instead of the opening of markets? Why should consumers prop up Government’s innovative scheme? Don’t you feel corporate Barbados along with Barbadians should be part of this equation instead of the citizens only? How come Banking institutions were labeled only in the paying of excessive taxes? Can C & W honestly state the percentage of profits obtained in Barbados in relation with the overall C & W profits? How come that all of a sudden we are seeing various reductions in cost from C & W? If Digicel didn’t enter the cell phones arena, would Barbadians be paying those high costs, loosing out on pre-paid cards which had an expiry date and if not used, the consumer would have lost the funds on the card?

    These are questions that we as a people should be asking and answering for ourselves. It is one thing to make a profit, but a company should be honest and realistic in its operation and not be based on abusing our people.

  37. Tell me Why

    bp
    August 27, 2008 at 9:30 am

    If you think that Cable & Wireless rapes us, see what Rogers does to the Canadians! They are also getting raped……….but without libricant!
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    Rogers cannot rape the Canadians due to other providers. Don’t you realise that Canada have various card providers that you can purchase for Can$2.50 to call Barbados and speak for 75 minutes. All that is due to an open market which is lacking in Barbados. Although C&W states that we have a fantastic telephone system. Why is it that it is difficult to connect to Barbados from the USA or Canada?

  38. TheWatcher

    All of the hoopla regarding C&W also known affectionately among the population as “Careless and Wutless” is really OUR fault for letting it get to the stage whee it is currently.
    C&W does not provide great value for money, they just do the necessaries to get them over and get your money. Their business is profit driven (as it should be)first and foremost and then ego-driven secondly. Sometimes, these factors are interchangable, but not very often as ego’s don’t invest well in the bank.
    What Barbadians need to do is DEMAND value for their money. C&W can respond by giving them what they want at NO ADDITIONAL PRICE, or they can leave these shores. Simple! And we can send them packing by using every alternative to the service(s) they offer.
    Today we are faced with a $91M after tax profit and the company is still planning to send home droves of staff and centralize the operation in Jamaica which traditionally has not done as well as Barbados has in decades, all this while we Barbadians sit idly by chatting away on our cellphones,oblivious to this clear and present danger! So we have US to blame. Not the multi-national conglomerate which was a monopoly. We have allowed problems like these to germinate for decades within our shores and now we are reaping the just rewards for our indiscretions we want to moan and groan. No! It is time to get up, stand high, and fight to take back what you believe has been wrongfully taken from you. VALUE for your MONEY!
    Here are a few ways to put C&W in check, keep them in check, or give them the green light to Check Out of here.

    1. Seek high-speed services from a competitor in both the residental and small business markets.

    2. Remove unwanted packages and low/no value to yourself services from your bill. i.e, 3-way calling, voice-mail etc. Get a digital recording phone if you want messages, and remember, those messages on the C&W system are THEIR property, not yours.
    3. Get a smart-jack, or other method of calling internationally like Skype, Vonage etc. They can offer rates of 2c min and in some cases UNLIMITED calling to the US, CANADA and the UK from a US based tel #.
    C&W has the same capabiliy but wants to charge a premium in this day and age still because they believe that YOU the consumer are ignorant to these facts and even if you are aware, what are you going to do anyway! So show them that they can’t control us.
    4. Use less mobile time. Plan your business well. just like you did before cellphones were as popular as they are now. By doing so, you can a the end of your contract period request a lower cost plan.
    5. Barbadians need to create a customer oriented, watchdog body with real teeth to tell big businesses when and where to get off. This organisation will on behalf of its membership, demand service level agreements with carriers like C&W dictating the minimum service quality which is acceptable to the membership, or there will be no business between said parties.

    6 During times of national outages, or outages that affect in excess of 100 customers demand payment by cheque from C&W for lost service. Do not accept credits to your account. you have to pay cash, they should too! They make more then enough money to be able to offer 99.9999% uptime to us all!

    7. Whenever C&W is caught acting in a manner consistent with eroding public trust or creating an atmosphere of non-competitiveness in Barbados, a fine of not less than $100,000.00 per day for the infraction should be levied. They use us as their personal gold mine, they need to show that they earn the right to be here!

    CW: The Customer is Worthy!

  39. @TheWatcher… I find I can only say so many words, or else I find said words in purgatory…

    However, your words seem to suggest that *we* the consumer is at fault… This is not the case…

    The Government is at fault. The FTC is at fault. We, the *people*, have been let down by (and sold out by) those in authority.

    Bend over; think of England…

  40. TheWatcher

    Dear Chris.
    Do not think for one minute that I do not hold the company and by extension, companies in this country responsible for many of the crimes against humanity.
    However, what I am trying to convey is a sense of responsibility on our part. A sense of responsibility that extends past paying out bill(s) ontime. A sense of responsibility that says: We the consumer will monitor your activities and hold you accountable to us at every turn as long as you do business within our shores!
    So I agree with you that big business has done, and continues to do some of the most un-just things that can be done against the very people whom they depend on for their revenue.
    I just want us to realize the power that we have as consumers, seize that power that comes with being a consumer with a valuable asset to a company, and leverage that asset towards improving the service(s) being provided to us.
    With that said, before we attempt to bring those companies into focus and demand the best from them, let us come together to present a unified front, repair the ills that we have left undone, and march forward to a better service(s) landscape in this country.

  41. @TheWatcher…

    While I agree with you that consumers should take responsibility for their own exposure, I do find it *extremely* interesting that you do not mention the role of the regulators (read: the government) in this matter.

    The Government is the entity which defines the marketplace(s) within which (the) company(ies) operate…

    Companies should not be blamed for doing their jobs…

  42. The scout

    C&W is allowed to do as their please because we, the consumers allow it. By the way the $4.00 charge we pay for the cellphone, is that a government tax or a C&W charge?

  43. @The scout: “C&W is allowed to do as their please because we, the consumers allow it.”

    Respectfully sir, you are wrong…

    If the consumers do not have alternatives, then they cannot be blamed. Yes, they can reduce their consumption, but that simply means they’re constrained…

    For many years now, Barbados has claimed that our telecommunications marketplace is “liberalized”. Empirically, this is not the case.

    To put on the table, in the “Developed” world consumers have many options; and pay much less than we do here in Barbados and in the Caribbean.

    Technically, we here *could* have access to alternatives. But, for some reason, consumers do not actually have access to same.

    So, who’s actually to blame? The consumers? Or those who define the marketplace?

    (Here’s a hint: follow the money…)

  44. .22

    TWWIFOS wrote “Download = 1691K
    Upload = 263K (what a joke)

    Is this really the “high speed” that we keep hearing about? I don’t think so. ”

    For this speed alone? I think you’re kinda distant from the nearest exchange area especially running on Telephone Line (DSL uses that). Otherwise the Speeds they are offering are overrated and overpriced.

    Also I felt that the DSL technology C&W provided for this country isn’t that reliable. We should been getting some Cable Modem (that’s more reliable) ever since than DSL.

  45. @.22: “We should been getting some Cable Modem (that’s more reliable) ever since than DSL.”

    The only problem with this idea is that Barbados doesn’t have a *wired* television cable network — (terrestrial) television here it is delivered wirelessly using MMDS at 2.5 GHz.

    Technically, MMDS could deliver (downlink) Internet, but the uplink would have to be done using a dial-up modem. These are limited to a maximum speed of 33.6 kb/s.

    Now, the question as to why Barbados doesn’t have a cable television network is another complex issue entirely…

  46. .22

    Chris Halsall wrote:
    “If the consumers do not have alternatives, then they cannot be blamed. Yes, they can reduce their consumption, but that simply means they’re constrained…

    For many years now, Barbados has claimed that our telecommunications marketplace is “liberalized”. Empirically, this is not the case.

    To put on the table, in the “Developed” world consumers have many options; and pay much less than we do here in Barbados and in the Caribbean.

    Technically, we here *could* have access to alternatives. But, for some reason, consumers do not actually have access to same.

    So, who’s actually to blame? The consumers? Or those who define the marketplace?”

    I had a feeling there (before I started to visit this site some more) is no competition in the Telecommunications sector. Especially being stuck on C&W’s ISPs. Mr. Halsall, I agree on your statement as I read all of the comments posted here.

    Well, that’s another thing this new government (if possible in the closer future) has to fix up and bring in the real competition that hasn’t become fruition in this country for years now.

    As for a Cable Television Network, where is the market and when? Oh well, we’ll be late on technology anyways.

    Thanks for adding some details Mr. Halsall. As a Young Barbadian, I’ll continue to read BFP more often.

  47. .22

    (.22 wrote:) “…had a feeling there (before I started to visit this site some more) is no competition in the Telecommunications sector.”

    *almost non-existent competition in the arena*