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Novo hits back at piracy claims

Published: 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Officials of Novo Communications Limited have described as “reckless and damaging” statements made about their company by Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of HBO Latin America Group.

On Tuesday, at a conference on Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement: Video Content Piracy hosted by Alianza at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, Figueras described the increase in use of android boxes as a “new frontier being explored by pirates.”

He said: “It is true there are many android boxes, there are many people paying for that but they don’t know how long it will last and for which distributors are not even paying a penny, such as companies like Novo in this country pushing the android box and pushing services that are totally illegal.”

In response, Novo Communications said it is an internet service provider authorised since 2015 by the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) and they “fully abide by the terms and conditions of our concession.”

Novo’s Director of Corporate Communications, Larry Holder, said the company does not sell android boxes and is not in the business of broadcasting illegal content.

“This is an irresponsible claim made by Mr Figueras which he failed to support by any admissible evidence,” Holder said.

He added that the statement could easily be interpreted as an alleged “deliberate attempt by Mr Figueras and the HBO Latin America Group to tarnish Novo Communications’ good name and reputation by linking our company to illicit and illegal activities.”

He said: “Again, we categorically refute this irresponsible and reckless statement and reiterate that Novo Communications does not broadcast illegal content,” Holder said.

“Novo Communications takes pride in being the only Internet Service Provider with a niche licence granted by TATT to provide 100 per cent fibre to the home network, especially in often neglected rural communities. Our pristine fibre optic network has opened the door for economic growth through the introduction of high-speed broadband, educational development and increased computer literacy to remote areas of T&T.

Holder said the company has reached out to TATT officials and is contacting Figueras about the statements he made.

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