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Caribbean ICT Observatory: investment in fibre, 5G and more

5G in the Caribbean has nine live commercial networks, according to 5G Americas. Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago have seven. The other two were deployed in the Dominican Republic in 2021 and this year, after a 5G spectrum auction.

Most networks use the 3.5 GHz band. Several regulators are considering a variety of spectrum bands for 5G networks, including the 600 MHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) bands above 24 GHz.

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The Guyanese telecommunications company GTT has concluded the deployment of fiber in 20,000 homes in 18 communities. The deployment was carried out in a record time of three months, local press reported.

“We will continue to add several new areas on the West Coast and East Coast of Demerara, while in September we will move the excitement to Berbice,” said GTT COO Eshwar Thakurdin.

GTT offers up to 300 Mbps of mobile broadband.

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The Jamaican Department of Justice has partnered with the National Works Agency (NWA) to install fiber optic cables in eight courts in the corporate area.

In addition, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and Manchester Family Court have been equipped with the latest audio visual and security technology.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Production Management System (LPMS) platform has been upgraded and reconfigured to facilitate the electronic submission of laws by ministries, departments and agencies to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC).

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Digicel has launched 4G LTE service in the indigenous community of St. Cuthert’s Mission in Guyana. Digicel now covers 98% of the population with more than 90% coverage in 4G services.

The mobile operator is committed to providing super-fast connectivity for “everyone, everywhere” via LTE networks.

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Cable Bahamas Group has invested USD 200,000 in the ParkConnect project. The company has partnered with the Department of Economy to provide free public Wi-Fi at community parks in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The investment includes equipment and man-hours to facilitate the implementation of Wi-Fi in 16 parks.

“We certainly look forward to going further with the Department of Economic Affairs and its partners as we bring ParkConnect Wi-Fi to more communities through this national project,” said Charnette Thompson, Vice President of Solutions. businesses at Cable Bahamas, in a press release. .

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Haiti’s telecommunications regulator, Conatel, has approved a SpaceX pilot internet program. The project will include Starlink satellite broadband and Swarm IoT services at 20 Civil Protection Directorate sites over a four-month period.

Conatel has also approved a two-year trial at five other sites.