APUA will use most of US$168M loan to upgrade country’s internet capabilities

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APUA will use most of a recently negotiated $168 million loan from Antigua Commercial Bank for internet expansion and upgrade.

“We’re going to use almost $40 million for the undersea cable and an amount nearly as great to get fiber to the homes and throughout Antigua,” Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel ‘Max‘ Hurst said on OBSERVER AM Monday morning.

“The amounts that will be spent on water will be considerably less than the amount we are spending on upgrading our internet capabilities.”

APUA currently purchases space on an undersea cable owned by another telecommunications service provider in Antigua.

According to Hurst, “APUA pays a significant sum for that space.”

“When we began talking about laying our own sub-sea cable, they made an offer to reduce the cost of the space so that it would be more economically viable to purchase the space from them rather than to lay our own.

“But we don’t want to be caught in that trap because you know that once you then agree not to law your own sub-sea cable the price will go up again,” Hurst said.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. A suggestion I can give in relation to disruption of traffic, is to do as much work as possible on the weekends. Also, we can redirect the flow of traffic as needed. So maybe for a short period of time, or during the work, we eliminate any form of parking on some one the roads in the city, and turn them into 2 way driving. The roads are very wide to accommodate this.

    I’m not a pro, but I’m sure if we put our heads together, we can figure something out to make this process run as smooth as possible.

    I also don’t recall reading anything about the upgrading of the internet system, but I begging please APUS, can we work to have fibre extended from the northern section of the island, and bring it in… I begging, jack… I’d like some fibre to MY home!

  2. We need a reputable watchdog group to monitor the spending of these Statutory Corporations because all these “LOANS” and little to show for it. Let’s see if there is real benefits to the internet system in a year or two. These are the areas the politicians and their cronies use to enrich themselves. Does IHI comes to mind?

  3. Nothing here about internet but on that topic, in this age or remotely working, 1mb upload is equivalent to dial up. Can’t do a decent zoom meeting on that. Lets get it together APUA!

    • @ ZACKIE
      Always the BLUE KOOLAID DRINKER. VERY NEGATIVE PERSON YOU ARE ZACKIE !!!!! . YOU NEVER GIVE THIS GOVERNMENT CREDIT FOR ANYTHING. THAT IS WHY YOUR GOVERNMENT WILL NEVER SEE POWER IN ANTIGUA AGAIN . ELECTION 2023 ABLP 16 UPP 0 .

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