Columbus plans 100% broadband coverage in Barbados in 3 years

Friday, April 19, 2013

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Columbus Communications, which operates as Flow Jamaica locally, plans to build out broadband instracture across 100 per cent of homes in Barbados over the next three years.

The telecommunications company, which has already invested US$60 million, expects that 30 per cent of the roll out will be completed by year end.

In addtion to its digital HD and 3D programming as well as Video OnDemand and 100 megabits per second (mbps) Internet to the home, Columbus plans to introduce IP TV and cloud based personal video recording service, according to John Reid, president and COO of Columbus Communications.

The company also plans to deliver Flow ToGo, a product that will enable users to watch their Flow video service and use their Flow landline telephone service on any portable device anywhere that Internet connectivity is available.

Columbus completed the acquisition of TeleBarbados last September, allowing them to take over their direct competition in the easter Caribbean island.

The acquisition gives Columbus a fibre-based telecommunications network in Barbados, which allows it to provide services domestic and international voice, Internet exchange, managed data network services, domestic and international telecoms, and various wireless spectrum packages.

The Barbados network then provided telephony and data services to over 500 commercial clients spanning a variety of industries, and more than 2,300 residential customers.

It also bought Tele St Lucia, which was acquired under the agreement and which will provide Columbus with similar services in that country.

The telecoms company already operates in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada, and Curacao and provides digital cable television, broadband Internet, digital landline telephony.

The company also provides corporate data services as Columbus Business Solutions. It provides telecoms services through 39,000 kilometres of sea and land to almost half-a-million customers.

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Senator Darcy Boyce (seated centre), who has portfolio responsibility for Energy, Telecommunications, Immigration and Invest in Barbados, along with Denis Kellman (seated left), Minister of Housing Lands and Rural Development in Barbados and Keith Miller (seated right) of the Barbados Entrepreneurial Foundation, enjoy Flow's 3 D Experience at the launch of Columbus in Barbados. Looking on at left are Niall Sheehy, incoming managing director for Columbus Barbados, and Rhea Yaw Ching, vice president sales and marketing for Columbus Communications.

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