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Digicel investing half-million to improve internet speeds in BVI

Telecommunication provider Digicel has announced that they will be investing $500,000 to upgrade their local network infrastructure over the next six months.

According to a media release from Digicel, the investment will involve the doubling of capacity in existing cell towers and the constructing of newly built LTE sites. 

This initiative is expected to increase bandwidth and coverage for all customers, resulting in faster internet speeds.

Speaking on the upgrades, Digicel’s newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer, Mara Samaniego said the investment comes amid COVID-19, but at a time when it will benefit a number of residents.

“Digicel is investing in its own network at a time of uncertainty, but when we know that our customers need it the most. Once completed, we will be able to serve even more residential customers with reliable internet for their entertainment, business, or educational needs,” she stated.

The upgrades have commenced on the sister islands of Virgin Gorda and Anegada, and according to Digicel, those residents and businesses in the areas of Copper Mine, The Baths and the Settlement have already reported better coverage and increased internet speeds.

The other areas across the territory which will have improved services include Road Town, Cane Garden Bay, Parham Town, Greenland, Lambert, Josiah’s Bay, Carrot Bay, Sea Cows Bay, West End, and Ridge Road on Tortola.

Virgin Gorda’s Nail Bay and Spanish Town will be next to receive upgrades, along with Jost Van Dyke and other areas of Anegada.

Government’s push for better internet services

This announcement follows the recent push by the government to have better internet services in the territory.

In March this year, Premier Andrew Fahie advised the new heads of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Board to hire an attorney, if needed, to solve the current internet issues affecting the territory.

The British Virgin Islands has been rated as having one of the most expensive internet rates with underperforming internet speeds in the world.

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  1. Devon says:

    This doesn’t mean the speeds will get any faster, they are just putting in more towers to get more customers !
    Will be the same crap 1.2mps for decades to come.

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  2. liar says:

    I live on Anegada and my speed is 1Mbps Amazon Prime wont load and only 1 device can be online at a time, its a joke asi pay for unlimited….time to change

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  3. Yup says:

    Yup, truly Third World. Who issues licenses for these companies to provide service? Well the same people that issue the licensees in lieu of kick backs for your pocket, consider making these companies provide cheaper quality service. This is not rocket science. Calling the Foy!! Can you hear me now? Who issues the licenses? Who has the ability to enforce consumer protection? Stop lining your pockets and do something for the people.

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  4. Yawn says:

    I will believe it when I experience it but as of right now Digicel is the most c***piest telecoms provider in the BVI by far.

  5. Lmao says:

    Oh stop it Digicel. Heard it all before. Internet will not change: I won’t get my hope up. Smh

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  6. WEW says:

    when do we get real high speed internet? Still no cable or fiber optic and we’ll never see 5G cellular

  7. BVI Cheer says:

    You get a penny, and you get a penny and you get a penny! Rejoice and honor the great leaders which bestowed this upon us. Your tithe’s call on the power of the almighty to make this greatness possible!

  8. Yolo says:

    My net been great with digicel the Las month and half even better it more stable so my son can work online I use internet TV I will say to only thing you have to improve with is the night time instead of getting the full speed it slow down at night but in internet TV works great it’s just I have to hog the net for myself other than that it’s good but day time all jamming

  9. Polo says:

    My net been great with digicel the Las month and half even better it more stable so my son can work online I use internet TV I will say to only thing you have to improve with is the night time instead of getting the full speed it slow down at night but in internet TV works great it’s just I have to hog the net for myself other than that it’s good but day time all jamming

  10. Gouging says:

    When will something be done about the ridiculous process we are being charged for substance service?

  11. Facts says:

    Stop l**ing your pockets and finally do something for the people Mr Fahie

  12. One king says:

    This is the starting of 5g in ja under style, plz look out for it as a new LTE upgrade. Digicel is the only phone company that is talking about LTE upgrade systems.

  13. No 5G says:

    Hope the government ban all 5G towers. The radiation is very bad for human health.

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  14. Rubber Duck says:

    More smoke and mirrors from the rip off artists. The government needs to open up the market, let Huawei in. And force Slow to extend its fiber optic network to the whole island , not just where the rich people live. Worlds worst internet service and where’s the $23 million they owe in payments?
    Only in BVI.

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