BVI To Enjoy Faster Broadband In The Near Future



Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool has announced that strides are being taken to move the Territory onto the cutting edge of technology.

While speaking at the 29 September opening ceremony for the CTU Conference/ICT Week, Hon. Vanterpool explained that the size of a country and its population is irrelevant in terms of being on the cutting edge of technology.

In fact, Hon. Vanterpool announced that the BVI intends to keep pace with the rapid advancement in the delivery of goods and services through technology.

“As Minister with responsibility for ICT, I want to assure everyone, that our telecommunications regulatory agency, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), is putting the mechanism in place, to enable the launch of real broadband in the Virgin Islands, using all mediums available.”

He disclosed that the telecommunications advancement will mean that the Territory will soon be able to have download speeds in excess of 20 megabites per second, which is more than 5-10 times of what currently exists.

“My expectations are, that we would have speeds of up to 50 megs, in the very near future. To put this in layman’s terms, this will allow the download of large data files in a matter of seconds, without having high latency in the network, or what we more commonly known as long waiting time or buffering”.

The Minister said that his colleagues in other countries, such as Aruba, have told him that his expectations of the new technological standard are achievable. “I strongly believe that consumers should not have to pay prohibitive prices for this, because the technology already exists and is in use elsewhere in the world. As a Government, we are encouraging all of the operators to ensure that consumers, large and small, can benefit from real broadband service, very shortly,” Hon. Vanterpool added.