Bermudan digital cable TV and broadband access provider CableVision has launched a combined BMD64.95 (USD64.95) internet access and internet service on one bill and with no hidden setup costs – marking a first for the country. Upon yesterday’s launch, the cableco and internet service provider’s (ISP’s) chief executive officer, Terry Roberson, said: ‘Bermuda residents have grown accustomed to paying two companies for their internet service. For years, they have paid one company for access and another for service. We’re delighted to be taking advantage of new industry rules and offering customers a truly combined experience – one bill, one service – at an affordable price. Anyone who has ever been stuck between their access and service providers when trying to get customer support will appreciate how much easier it is to deal with one company.’ CableVision’s innovation is designed to make the sign-up process for end users as simple as possible and as such, sees it absorbing 100% of any setup fees for both hardware and installation.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that in December 2014, CableVision Bermuda upgraded its fibre-optic infrastructure in the country to allow ultra-high broadband internet speeds. The cableco is using fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to boost infrastructure capacity by a factor of 50, allow for peak data speeds of up to 900Mbps/200Mbps (download/upload) and enable the launch of new products and services. At the time, Terry Roberson was quoted as saying that fibre upgrades will also be carried out in the West End (i.e. Royal Naval Dockyard) – in time for the massively increased demand for data services during the global America’s Cup. ‘We feel it’s an appropriate time for us to position our company for the future where we can deliver exceptional services with technology that will be relevant over the next ten to 15 years,’ he said. ‘We also believe that this will assist in selling Bermuda as a sophisticated technological centre to the international business community,’ Roberson added.