blink | bmobile Launches Fibre-to-the-Community Project in Tobago

George Hill makes a presentation to Mrs. Agnes Webbe, Director - Human Capital Development Unit

Acting CEO of TSTT George Hill, in addressing a Tobago audience during the launch of the Mahogany Fibre-to-the-Community project last Friday stated that, “ Over $15 million is being spent by blink | bmobile in bringing fibre optics closer to thousands more homes throughout Trinidad and Tobago including the gathered residents of Milford Court, Tobago.”

Residents of Milford Court would now be among the first in Tobago to benefit from this technology, which will allow the community and eventually others, to benefit from BLINK’s Quad Play Service Packages and price bundles.

Hill said Tobago is one of the focal areas in the Company’s five-year strategic plan, for delivery of increased fibre optic and wireless broadband as well as improved mobile coverage. “Residents and businesses will be able to access the complete quintuple portfolio of Voice, Broadband, Entertainment, Security and Mobile.” He went on further to say that in terms of the Company’s 5-year strategic plan; it includes providing customers with a new experience by giving them better choices and more control to define the services they want. “Our drive is to become more responsive to what customers want and to have the flexibility to deliver those diverse wants on a future-proof IP-based core infrastructure.” He said it is hoped that Tobago will become a broadband paradise which attracts significant foreign investment.

The international Telecommunications Union has estimated that by the end of 2014, the global average for broadband penetration in homes will be about 44%. Among developed countries, that average is closer to 78% of households which the ITU says is approaching saturation. Trinidad and Tobago is well above the global average at 55% and with the launch of blink | bmobile’s Long Term Evolution and Fibre-to-the-Community projects, the Company’s target is to achieve 95% coverage of the country.

Deputy Chief Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine, who also addressed the gathering, said the launch is welcomed as it fits into the Comprehensive Economic Plan of the Tobago House of Assembly. “Indeed Tobago is an island driven by tourism and we are mindful of what increased connectivity can do for our competitiveness, and for the flow of resources in and out of our country, be it for economic and other endeavors. So I expect this new thrust will touch every aspect of our daily lives and as such it will stand to improve the standard and quality of living for all of us in Tobago.”

Also addressing the gathering on the occasion of the launch were Mrs. Agnes Webbe, Director - Human Capital Development Unit who represented Delmon Baker, and THA Assemblyman, Huey Cadette - Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, who is also the representative for Canaan/Bon Accord where the project was launched. Mrs. Webbe in bringing remarks on behalf of the Minister of Tobago Development spoke about the alignment of the project to the work of the Ministry which engages in “The development of Tobago’s human capital and…allows the island to achieve parity and even greater interconnectivity with Trinidad and the wiser world.”

THA Assemblyman, Huey Cadette, delivering the Welcome Remarks

Deputy Chief Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine tests the Video Conferencing facility