International telecoms group Digicel says it is preparing to invest more than USD100 million on the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure across Jamaica. The group’s chairman, Denis O’Brien, told the Jamaica Gleaner that the time is right to invest in a rollout on the island as the local economy is growing stronger. Deployments have already begun in Portmore and Spanish Town in St Catherine, and parts of Kingston, the executive said.
Digicel is Jamaica’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, but the fixed sector is dominated by the combined operations of LIME and Flow, whose parent companies, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International, completed a merger earlier this year. In September 2014 Digicel completed the takeover of Kingston-based cable TV, broadband and VoIP provider Telstar for an undisclosed sum, and the latest announcement of its FTTH plans is the first sign that it is prepared to take the fight to LIME and Flow.