Fibralink granted rollout extension

15 Sep 2005

According to reports in the Jamaica Observer, fibre-optic firm FibraLink Jamaica, which won a USD82 million 20-year licence to lay and operate underwater fiber-optic cables between Jamaica and the US in January this year, has been given a four-month extension to complete the project. The government now expects the service to be available by the beginning of 2006, although FibraLink CEO Richard Pardy still believes the target is unrealistic, claiming that the task of building a submarine fibre-optic system is actually a 24-month process. Pardy has blamed the hold up on delays by government agencies and world market conditions, in particular steel shortages. Trans-Caribbean Cable Company (TCCC) also won a fibre-optic concession in January for transmission in the region.