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Communications network to be moved underground

Telecommunications infrastructure in the British Virgin Islands will be moved underground, the government has said.

The announcement comes nearly three months after Hurricane Irma caused significant disruption to most of the territory’s communications network.

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said government will develop a ‘world-class’ communication system, whose resilience will depend on critical parts of the network being place underground.

“The objective is to establish reliable connectivity across the islands and with the outside world that will remain intact during and after storms so our businesses, government, and educational institutions can continue to function,” said Dr Smith during a high-level conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York this week.

The government had expressed plans weeks ago to also place more of the territory’s electricity infrastructure underground.

Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool, said running electrical lines underground will take too long so the BVI Electricity Corporation will restore overhead power lines first.

Roughly 90 percent of the territory’s electricity distribution system was damaged by the hurricanes.

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