Barbados is officially the first Caribbean island to have access to broadband speeds of up to 150 mbps, which are now the fastest speeds available to residential customers in the Caribbean, according to a release from Columbus Communications.
“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 release said.
Since the launch of Columbus/Flow in Barbados six months ago, the company has continued to invest heavily to develop the island’s telecommunications infrastructure. Columbus Barbados has been the first Columbus residential subsidiary to launch Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services in the region.
Niall Sheehy, managing director of Columbus Barbados, cited the recent report released by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which ranked Barbados third in the Americas and 29 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.”