Editorial: Under the microscope

POSTED: 08/7/13 11:48 AM

Are the high tariffs local subscribers pay for mobile communication justified? On the face of it, we notice inexplicable differences between countries like the Netherlands and Lithuania, Romania and Latvia. It is impossible for telecommunication volumes in countries with a couple of million inhabitants to be higher than in countries with five to eight times that number. The European commission does not explain the differences from (illicit) state subsidies.

So why then is making mobile calls in St. Maarten so expensive? It’s not like we make much more money than our European brethren. A government that claims to be working for the people ought to put the tariff-structure under the microscope and define how these prices can be brought down to an acceptable level.

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