Country Manager for Flow BVI, Ravindra Maywahlall, is pushing to have all fixed-line services restored in the territory by the end of 2021.
Maywahlall made that statement during a media conference held at their Palestina Estate last Friday, November 15.
“Everybody from since 2017 (hurricanes) is complaining of when can we get back our fixed network. It is my ambition to try and get back most of that fixed infrastructure within the next two years,” Maywahlall stated.
“So far, the build has been on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. We did a build-out on Anegada at the Anegada Reef Hotel earlier this year, so the idea is by the end of December , I want to get to at least 95 percent of that footprint that we had prior to Irma.”
Length of time due to many important factors
Explaining why it would take almost 24 months to get that service fully resorted, Maywahlall said all areas will be rebuilt with fibre optic technology.
Fibre optic technology effectively uses a newer network of high-speed fibre cables that are better able to deliver high-speed data across greater distances. This resulting in much faster download speeds when compared to the existing copper phone lines used for transferring data.
“It takes time when you’re building for the future. It takes time with proper planning and there are limited resources to do these builds and we are trying to build back all the communities that we were operating in that were impacted.”
The Flow boss also said that once the fixed-line services are fully restored in the territory, the mobile performance will improve.
“The BVI is currently carrying more traffic than Jamaica on the mobile network to put things into perspective. This is primarily because of the mobile areas that the operators have not yet rebuilt in, everything is done via mobile. And we’ve seen last year as we transitioned customers off the mobile network onto the fixed network, your mobile performance improves,” he explained.
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