Indotel expects East-West cable to triple bandwidth

13 Aug 2010

Rafael Vargas, the president of the Dominican Republic’s telecoms regulator, the Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel), has announced that he expects the installation of a new undersea cable by UK-based Cable & Wireless (C&W) to triple available bandwidth and help reduce interconnection costs in the country. The ‘East-West’ cable, as it has been dubbed, will link Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the west of the Caribbean, to the British Virgin Islands, while also landing in the Dominican Republic at Haina. According to Vargas commercial operations are expected to start by December 2010. C&W executives have reportedly already visited Indotel to detail preparation for the cable landing in the country, which the regulator’s board has now signed off on.