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A leading executive at telecommunications company LIME has called on regional governments to remove tax concessions on smart phone devices as a part of their market liberalisation programme. LIME Caribbean CEO Martin Roos says the move will better facilitate content creation and entrepreneurship, especially among young people.

He added that the move is also expected to allow Caribbean nationals and businesses to participate in the consumption, creation and commercialisation of mobile applications and digital content, that will assist in capitalising on the benefits of the thriving global technology industry.

Mr Roos was lauded for his statesman-like address at the Caribbean Association National Technology Organisation (CANTO), thirtieth anniversary Ministerial Breakfast where he observed that, “The Caribbean is behind in relation to smart phone penetration and usage.”  He noted that, there is also a huge opportunity to export content as the world is interested in the Caribbean. He called on governments to enable entrepreneurs to tap into the global ecosystem.”

Aided by research, he predicted that mobile data will increase by a factor of ten over the next five years, and appealed for urgency in regional action so that the Caribbean is not to be left behind.

He disclosed that LIME is making a major network investment to the tune of US$1.05billion dollars across the Caribbean to ensure that their network will continue to transcend not just the surrounding geographic borders but connect to the gateways of the world’s sophisticated telecoms ecosystem.
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