The days of using Vonage to make cheap international calls may be over but that doesn’t have to be the end of cheap calls. Last Friday PUC Executive Chairman Gilly Canton said licensed internet service providers (ISP) can offer VoIP service. Today a group of internet service providers told us they are prepared to take the PUC’s word to the bank. The ten ISPs have formed a cooperative and plan to offer services like Vonage, meaning you’ll get a Belize number and you’ll be able to make local and international calls at a discount rate. Its only in the planning stages and one of the principals, Errol Cattouse told us more.
“We are going to roll out a Vonage type service. It will take some time. We have been doing some negotiations but now with the guidelines that the PUC has put out publicly now, we can go out and start negotiating with international providers to provides us with minutes.
It will be available to every Belizean that can get the service in their home and right now with the group of us, we pass through practically every single home in Belize. The practicality will be plug and play service. You come in, it will take us a half hour to get you connected and you can make a phone call.
What we’ll be able to do with our service is that we’ll be able to call each other within Belize or within the nation for that matter. And right now with Vonage if you want to call a Belize number you have to make an international call for that.”
So break down it for our viewers. The situation with Vonage in the States if that if you pay one monthly fee you have unlimited monthly calling. Ideally, will this service be that I’ll pay a monthly fee and I’ll have unlimited calling throughout Belize? Is that what this service will be like?
“That’s exactly right. That’s the way it will work.”
The internet service providers could roll out service in as early as three months.