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Cable Bahamas’s Group’s family island fiber expansion a key priority

The Cable Bahamas Group invested more that $22 million in infrastructure enhancements on the Family Islands over the past three years, 25 percent of which went to rebuilding infrastructure after Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hit Abaco and Grand Bahama, Cable Bahamas’ Vice President of Consumer Sales and Marketing Amber Carey said last week.

Carey, who made the remarks at Bahamas Business Outlook last week, explained that the improvement of infrastructure on the Family Islands is a key component of Cable Bahamas and Aliv’s expansion of its fiber network across The Bahamas.

She explained that AlivFibr and the group’s fiber to the home product meant an $85 million investment, so that “customers can experience the range of value-added services, while improving the quality of home and business connectivity”.

“The rebuilding of Abaco and Grand Bahama and its infrastructure was paramount for the group, with fiber currently being rolled out and additional mobile towers being constructed… Abaco and Grand Bahama are poised for continued growth and development,” said Carey.

“The Bahamas is increasingly vulnerable to disaster-related effects of climate change and connectivity is a vital component of response and recovery efforts.

“Reliable communication is also a bridge to first responders, support systems and families.

“Consequently, when we make investments in infrastructure, we are making an investment in community resilience.”

To date, the group has invested more than $100 million on both the Rev and Aliv networks, according to Carey.

She explained that given the expense of growing its network, the company has had to turn to public/private partnerships to carry out some of the expansion.

“We have partnered with private stakeholders to deploy fiber infrastructure to remote locations like Norman’s Cay and while we would like to continue to fuel investment in smaller islands, the cost of infrastructure can often pose a challenge,” Carey said.

“As a result, public-private partnerships are principal factors to create an enabling environment and the financial resources needed for future investment.

“We have seen success with these partnerships, with initiatives like the launch of Park Connect WIFI… in conjunction with the government, which currently supports 20 park sites in New Providence and the Family Islands and forms part of a wider digital transformation strategy for The Bahamas.”

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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