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Gov’t awards Cable & Wireless contract to install fibre network

Gov’t awards Cable & Wireless contract to install fibre network

Amid cries for better internet connectivity across the territory, the government will be contracting Cable & Wireless (BVI) Limited to install an islandwide Fibre Network.
Fibre network technology uses high-speed fibre cables that are better able to deliver high-speed data across greater distances.

This results in a much faster, more reliable internet service when compared to the existing copper phone lines used for transferring data.

The government approved for the telecommunications company — which owns and operates Flow — to undergo the project for $411,445.49.

The decision was made during a March 3 Cabinet meeting this year.

Calls for better internet connection in the BVI are not new. However, complaints worsened after the 2017 hurricanes when residents began putting more pressure on the government to address the problem.

As the new trend of working and studying from home continues to grow, Premier Andrew Fahie last year said his government will not be compromising on reliable internet service for paying locals.

Recently, educators told our news centre that poor internet connection was one of the main issues hindering the remote learning model that is currently being used to educate children amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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