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100Mbps Internet comes to Grenada
MORNE ROUGE, Grenada. Grenada has become one of the five Caribbean nations now offering up to 100Mbps (Megabits per second) of broadband internet service to its residents.
Gail Purcell, Country Manager of FLOW Grenada, announced on October 1 that residents were now receiving two and a half times more speed than were previously available at no additional cost through the company's Let’s Evolve as People (LEAP) campaign.
Minister of Communications, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities and ICT, Gregory Bowen, said the announcement was a direct testimony to the government’s continued efforts to bring broadband to the people of Grenada.
“Our goal is to ensure that we use broadband to boost the economy,” Bowen noted.
He said government services such as online payment of taxes and land registry were now within reach with health care and agriculture being other areas which could take advantage of faster internet speeds.
The minister said Flow’s increased broadband offering now meant that young people could stay on Grenada while working for international companies and become creators of content to share with the world. He acknowledged the important partnership between Columbus and the NGO, Brightpath to deploy technology focused training programmes to assist in this objective. He cited the recent BrightPath led mobile app creation workshops as an appropriate start to building and expanding the skills of youngsters.
Rhea Yaw Ching, Columbus' corporate vice president of sales and marketing, said Grenada was very special to Columbus as the island was one of the pioneers in the region for the use of ICT. She added that this pioneering spirit would be further enabled as Grenada would be the pilot country for several new projects to be rolled out under new partnerships with BrightPath, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and the educational software company idoodlesoftware.
“Recent reports note that the Caribbean has slipped marginally in ICT performance. We must remember that we are in competition with the world. Columbus is committed to providing the infrastructure to bring the competitive advantage necessary to launch Grenada forward,” Yaw Ching said.
A check for EC$ 500 was presented to Sturling Campbell of Boca Secondary School. Campbell said the school presently has about 20 computers for the more than 600 students and the funds would help with the infrastructural upgrades ahead of their plans to acquire more computers to take advantage of the free broadband available from Flow to all schools on island.
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