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Flow to complete US$30m network in Montego Bay by December

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Flow Jamaica is finalising the build-out of a broadband network for Montego Bay, to be wrapped up by December 31.

The telecoms company already offers cable and Internet service to the city.

The investment, amounting to US$30 million, will allow Flow to deliver broadband service to some 40,000 households at completion, according to the company, and includes the development of a new store at the Fairview business and shopping complex at Bogue.

The store will cover some 15,000 square feet of space at Fairview, double the current size of Flow's largest stores, according to Denise Williams, manager of public relations and communications.

The store is scheduled for opening in October. Williams was unable to say how many it would employ, only that it would be manned by a sales team, have technical support, and managerial staff.

The company is now running its cables throughout the city and into communities that stretch from Greenwood in the east to Reading in the west.

It already provides broadband to neighbourhoods such as Bogue Village, Farm Heights, Coral Gardens, Ironshore, Montego Freeport, Rhyne Park, and Lilliput.

Residential customers now have access to wired broadband Internet of up to 15 Mbs, while businesses can have the service customised to their needs.

"Commercial customers can have dedicated lines of up to 100 Mbs," said Williams.

Broadband in Ocho Rios

By November, Flow plans to begin building out broadband in Ocho Rios.

Its islandwide cable licence requires the company to provide full coverage to Jamaica, an estimated 750,000 households, but it is behind schedule on development of the infrastructure. A new timetable is being negotiated with the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates the cable market.

Flow offers triple-play services -cable, Internet and voice- deployed across its fibre optic cable network.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com