Broadband Map to be Developed

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28.

The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining is moving forward with plans for the development, design and launch of an interactive broadband map, to assist in assessing the country’s broadband coverage.

“In the same way that you have a map that shows all the roads in the country…we are going to have an interactive map that will show all the broadband connectivity in the country…so you will know which parts of the country have broadband, and which parts don’t. It will be able to guide development and strategy in relation to broadband,” State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson, has said.

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The State Minister was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28.

He informed that funding has been secured for the project from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and a final report on a strategy and plan, will be submitted in January.

The project forms part of the Vision 2030 National Development Plan to expand broadband network islandwide, and broadband infrastructure inventory and public awareness in the Caribbean.

Beneficiary countries of the IDB project include: Jamaica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.

The aim is to: assess the current state of broadband availability; analyze the current institutional, legal and regulatory framework in the region and make recommendations to improve the infrastructural eco-system in the region, so that the penetration rate and usage of broadband services is improved.

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