BTL says SMART was given sufficient notice to terminate links

On Wednesday, SpeedNet sent out a press release saying that it hadfiled an application for an injunction against Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) in the Supreme Court of Belize. They said that the application for an injunction became necessary after BTL served Speednet with a notice of termination of service via certain links effective Friday, November 14, 2014.

According to Speednet, owners of SMART, this move could leave almost 7,000 Smart customers in the Toledo District without access to voice and data services.

vlcsnap-2014-11-15-09h28m03s57On Friday, BTL issued a release of its own saying that providing DTN links to Speednet in the south is a normal retail service. Speednet did not inform BTL that it had terminated its service with its previous providers.

BTL claims increased demands on their network, saying, “BTL can no longer provide the DTN Lines to Speednet while adequately satisfying its own demands and requirements in providing quality telecommunications services.”

That increased demand appears to be related to the recent doubling of bandwidth to internet customers.

According to the press release from BTL, the company gave Speednet  the required 30 days notice of its intention to terminate the links provided to them. It appears that there is a difference of opinion between the two Telecommunications companies regarding the nature of the contract.

Speednet claims the agreement is a formal “Facility Sharing Agreement, but according to BTL’s release, BTL describes the agreement with Speednet in its release as “A normal retail service”.

BTL, whose majority shareholder is the Government of Belize, received the nod from the PUC, a regulatory body, also of the Government of Belize. And so,  the issue is heading to the Supreme court. Speednet says it terminated its service with its previous provider and switched its communications link in Toledo to BTL on July 27.

They claim that only five weeks later Telemedia sent them a notice of service termination effective November 14, 2014.

Speednet expects to complete its own network in Toledo in the next few months, but claims that they have written to the Public Utilities Commission, which has said that it is not in a position to intervene.

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