Digicel Bermuda, a subsidiary of pan-Caribbean telecoms company Digicel Group, has announced that it aims to complete the rollout of the country’s first fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] broadband network before the end of this year, and claims it will ‘use the technology to deploy the most advanced fibre internet and TV service’ yet. Claiming the new FTTH-based network will be a ‘game changer’, Julian Burton, chief commercial officer of Digicel Bermuda, explained that the vast upgrade in terms of bandwidth availability will open the door to an array of new services and products for end users. The new system, which forms part of the group’s USD50 million investment in Bermuda, will be able to provide download speeds of up to 200Mbps. ‘The coming of true fibre to Bermuda is part of the Digicel 2030 transformation – a commitment to put customers more in control by investing in innovation that improves their communication and entertainment experience,’ Digicel added.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that in January this year, Digicel rival One Communications – which was rebranded from CellOne on 1 November 2016 – confirmed that it had started deploying fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband infrastructure in the capital Hamilton. The rollout, branded Fibre Wire, forms part of a USD20 million investment programme. Digicel, however, has in some respects trumped its rival by providing a fibre connection that goes all the way into the home.