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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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  1. Guest says:

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    If your communications still depends on Toilet*low, CrapCT, and Dogs*itel. You can drop the world class…..

  2. Hummmmm says:

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    Makes sense.Best news I have heard in a long time

  3. nick says:

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    this mean they be digging the roads for the next ten years!.

    • My Goodness says:

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      And they will start with the newest and best paved ones, Roads that need to be repaired will not be torn up until after they are finish!

  4. Abandoned says:

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    A certain former CEO of FLOW has been saying this for ages. Shame he wasn’t listened to.

    • The Void says:

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      Oh, please- when is the last decade Cable & Wireless spent a cent on the infrastructure here? They’ve spent plenty on the transatlantic cable, and talked a big game about all the DSL work that never materialized – while what they really did is fire most of the repair staff and hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who don’t have permission to fix things. Before Irma, it took three weeks just to get an appointment for someone to visit (but not necessarily to fix the problem).

      I saw C&W subcontractors working for the FIRST TIME yesterday. This is all just more lip service. They couldn’t care less about the VI- only about maintaining that cable.

      Dr Smith; if you really want a world class telecom infrastructure, call ATT; I doubt they’re still interested, but it’s worth a shot.

  5. Island Man says:

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    That’s not possible only cables can be put under ground. Towers and Infrastructure cannot be put under ground. Man you people does make some serious statement.

  6. So horrible says:

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    The temporary solution was so simple…
    Cell On Wheels (COW)
    Definition – What does Cell On Wheels (COW) mean?

    Cell on wheels (COW) is a portable mobile cellular site that provides temporary network and wireless coverage to locations where cellular coverage is minimal or compromised.

    COWs provide fully-functional service, via vehicles such as trailers, vans and trucks, to areas affected by natural disaster or areas with large user volume, such as major events.

    COW is also known as a site on wheels.

  7. Anonymous says:

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    Radiation to our nature little island this will be so sad for our young generations premature cancer deaths we need to look on first world countries and imitate them eg America with underground technologies this towers need to be in depth sea away from communities less rediation I fell very sorry for the people who let communications companies put this untainers around residential areas they are not surepose to allow it

  8. The Plan says:

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    Show us the plan. We could have actually started this project several years ago if there were a plan were in place and if we hadn’t wasted $7M on BVI Airways.

  9. Sure says:

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    Yeah right Orlando. The other day you said you wanted to go ahead with the airport. I guess you forgot the concept of triage from your medical training. What are the priorities? I’d say housing, food and water, building materials, jobs, schools, roads, along with a timeline to get these things done. SMH

  10. HMM says:

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    If this is going to work then the culture of anybody being able to go dig up the road has to stop. Also the roads themselves need to be repaired properly so that we don’t find ourselves having to repair the same strip of road over and over every time some hard rain fall. Also is the infastructure going to be owned by government? If so, knowing these guys they gonna look to charge us communication tax or some nonsense.

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