Challenger cable lands in Bermuda

18 Sep 2008

The new 1,200km Challenger cable being deployed by the Cable Co consortium and linking Bermuda to the rest of the world was officially connected at Devonshire Bay yesterday, completing a multimillion dollar project to improve internet access on the island. Cable Co, which is made up of telecoms firms KeyTech, North Rock and Transact, has invested USD26 million in the project in a bid to break TBI and Cable & Wireless’ duopoly over connections to the island. A spokesman for the company which supplied the cable, Ray Charlton, said that while residential and business customers may have to pay the same, they would benefit from faster internet connection speeds. Challenger is due to be switched on in early 2009 and will initially have capacity of 20 gigabytes, rising to 320 gigabytes over time, he said.