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Digicel chairman lauds GATE project

Published:Monday | January 21, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Dennis Obrien

Chairman and founder of the Irish-based telecommunications company, Digicel, Denis OBrien says he supports an initiative by the Antigua and Barbuda government to implement the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) programme.

Potentially Antigua and Barbuda can become an IT (information technology) hub and it can be the first real holistic sense of an information society in the Caribbean, OBrien said.

Under the e-Education computer tablets and e-Education connectivity component of the GATE project, students in Antigua and Barbuda will benefit from the 4G LTE technology.

The idea of giving tablets and LTE technology to students is going to transform education; its going to give these students access to a whole pile of content that was unimaginable only a few months ago, OBrien said. And by doing it in high speed its going to make the technology very easy to use.

The first phase of the e-Education computer tablets and e-Education connectivity programme was launched last week with 90 fifth form students from several secondary schools receiving tablets with high speed internet service.

The Digicel and GATE project raises the standard of education in Antigua and Barbuda. Congratulations to the Government ... for such a ground breaking project, which sees it blazing an educational trail in the Caribbean, OBrien said.

Its vision and leadership has positioned its young people at the top of the class in the region by giving them the most technologically advanced tools so that they can achieve greater success in their studies, the Digicel founder said.

And with the introduction of these tablets, we are confident that the students will be fully equipped for the tasks ahead, while having fun at the same time, OBrien added.