Columbus Brings More Firsts to Barbados

Barbados will once again lead the Caribbean in technology innovation as Columbus brings 150Mbps internet speeds to the home.

Since the launch of its residential brand Flow in Barbados six months ago, the company has continued to invest heavily to develop the island's telecommunications Infrastructure. Columbus Barbados was the first subsidiary to launch Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services in the region and, incredibly, by December 2013, it estimates that over 50% of households throughout the island will have access to Flow services.

Since the launch of its residential brand Flow in Barbados six months ago, the company has continued to invest heavily to develop the island’s telecommunications Infrastructure. Columbus Barbados was the first subsidiary to launch Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services in the region and, incredibly, by December 2013, it estimates that over 50% of households throughout the island will have access to Flow services.

Barbados is officially the first Caribbean island to have access to broadband speeds of up to 150 mbps, now the fastest speeds available to residential customers in the Caribbean. As of November 1, Flow residential broadband customers with Turbo 50 and Turbo 100 packages were automatically upgraded to download speeds of up to 75 mbps and 150 mbps respectively, at no additional cost.

The announcement comes at a time when Barbados is experiencing ongoing economic challenges and increased unemployment rates. Columbus, however, continues to expand with the accelerated construction of its FTTH network, with a noted investment in excess of US$60 million to roll out its services to homes and businesses throughout the island over the next few years. Columbus Barbados has also recruited over 60 new staff members to support their operations, which takes the company’s head count to over 200 employees, with further recruitment expected in 2014.

These achievements, along with the continued series of “technological firsts” for our customers, are milestones of which the Company is truly proud.

"For an economy on the path to setting itself apart, the services that we are bringing to Barbados will enable us to achieve any national vision," says Mr. Niall Sheehy, managing director of Columbus Barbados.

For an economy on the path to setting itself apart, the services that we are bringing to Barbados will enable us to achieve any national vision,” says Mr. Niall Sheehy, managing director of Columbus Barbados.

Sheehy cited the recent report released by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which ranked Barbados #3 in the Americas and 29th globally out of 157 countries assessed for the period 2012 to 2013 – an improvement of 7 places on the 2011- 2012 report. “This is just one of many international reports which are showing encouraging trends and solid growth of the ICT framework in Barbados, a development critical for the social and economic development and growth of any economy. And yet another powerful weapon in the armory to strengthen the country’s position as an attractive potential investment opportunity for foreign companies.”

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