There has been talk about, and some initial steps taken, towards the Government itself undertaking an undersea cable project. However, from an economic policy point of view, serious doubt surrounds the wisdom of Government entering the wholesale broadband market.
The financial feasibility of building a cable and then selling its capacity on the local market is also in question, as is the Minister’s compliance to date with various legal standards, including the rules for public sector procurement.
Such a project will require a telecommunications licence from the Commission. If and when any licence application is made, the Commission will be closely examining all such issues by way of a formal public consultation process.