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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021. 11:58 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “I don’t know what’s this foolish thing that they are saying that the Government is switching BTL to Smart. There is no such policy,” said Prime Minister John Briceño on Love FM’s Morning Show on Wednesday.

“The Government continues to give business to BTL in the millions, but there is competition, there is competition,” said the Prime Minister.

“In the case of the Ministry of Rural Development, it’s simply a case where that the Ministry got a better deal with the competition. BTL was not serving them well,” PM Briceño said.

The Prime Minister said the Minister of Rural Development told them in Cabinet last week that the CEO met with BTL and Smart and found that the package that Smart offered them was much better and that the Ministry was only trying to assist their employees. He said the Ministry of Rural Development gives their field workers $30 and the field workers said the $30 plan from Smart lasted longer.

When questioned about other ministries that moved to Smart, the Prime Minister reiterated that it is because of better service and better prices but insisted there is no government policy that ties them to BTL.

Prime Minister Briceño said no one can accuse him of calling anyone and telling them to switch to Smart.

He again pointed out that the Government continues to pay BTL millions every year for business and made reference to the Ministry of Education’s Digi Learn which they rolled out in 2019 in partnership with BTL and said the Ministry working through SIF and through their own budget plans to get a thousand more laptops for school children.

“They have rolled out the internet to hundreds of students to be able to have access to the internet. A lot of that is being done,” said the Prime Minister.

“As it is right now, we are negotiating with BTL for them to expand their infrastructure into the areas where they don’t have internet access. We are doing everything possible.”

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