Lime to build out national broadband network in Jamaica

16 May 2011 | Kavit Majithia


Cable & Wireless owned Caribbean regional operator Lime has been retained by the government of Jamaica to build out a major proportion of the country’s island wide broadband network.

The five year contract, worth approximately $4 million, will increase the population’s access to broadband and further increase connectivity in public schools, libraries and other locations across Jamaica. Lime believes the build out will address the digital divide domestically and internationally, to help Jamaica increase connectivity to more developed nations in the region.

LIME said it believes the build out will address the digital divide domestically and internationally, to help Jamaica increase connectivity to more developed nations in the region.

“From a commercial perspective, we continue to invest heavily in the build-out of our broadband network to make the service available to a wider cross section of the population in Jamaica,” said Garry Sinclair, MD for Cable & Wireless Communications’ LIME business in Jamaica and Cayman. “We are aiming to continually upgrade the service and deploy a 3G wireless broadband network which covers several of Jamaica’s largest population centres and business districts.”

Jamaica’s minister with responsibility for telecoms, Daryl Vaz, believes that a functional nationwide broadband network is essential for the country’s growth.

“Internet service is a critical and important ingredient in national advancement and economic development,” Vaz said. “We have developed and are pursuing deliberate strategies for accelerating the deployment of high-speed connectivity across the country.”

LIME has also announced an agreement with the Dominican Telecommunications Institute which allows LIME to sell wholesale services to licensed operators in the Dominican Republic.