Flow Internet to blaze faster
Correction & Clarification
In this article, it was reported that chief operating officer of Flow, Michele English, said the company's wideband Internet connection would be 10 times faster than the 4G Internet connection which is now the fastest available in Jamaica. English, however did not state that 4G was the fastest available in the island, as Flow currently provides an Internet connection that is faster. We regret the error.
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS fight should heat up by the end of the month when Flow introduces wideband Internet connection of up to 100Mbs to its residential customers.
According to president and chief operating officer of Flow, Michele English, this will be 10 times faster than the 4G Internet connection which is now the fastest available in Jamaica.
Flow's customers in the tourist capital, Montego Bay, St James, will be the first to receive the service, with Kingston, taking a rare second position. However, once up and running, both cities will boast the speed and capacity that very few countries in the region have access to.
Portmore, St Catherine, is next in line, with Ocho Rios, St Ann, taking centre stage by February 2011, English said.
She was speaking at the VIP launch of the company's new 3,000 square-foot flagship store at Fairview Plaza, Montego Bay, Friday night.
Addressing an audience that included Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett; Minister of Education Andrew Holness; Minister of Water and Housing Horace Chang and Member of Parliament Clive Mullings, English argued that Flow continues to make good on its promise to introduce new broadband products and services in Jamaica that are on par, or even surpass international best practices.
"This latest initiative will benefit power users and multi-online gamers," said the Flow COO.
Describing the company's US$250-million infrastructure, she pointed out that unlike many other communication options on the island, Flow's systems are designed to meet future demands with minimal adjustments to the existing infrastructure.
She boasted, "Unlike wireless broadband providers of 3G, 4G and WiMax, Flow is not hindered by the capacity and speed issues."
Lauding the initiative, and state-of-the-art First-World facility that the wideband provider had unveiled in the second city, Chang said Flow had brought Montego Bay into the picture with its investment.
"With the type of technology that Flow is bringing to the tourism capital, there is no need to fly to China on a 747 to do business," added Chang.