Government to boost broadband take-up with digital initiative

19 Mar 2012

The government of Antigua & Barbuda has announced its ‘Connect Antigua and Barbuda Biz’ initiative, which it hopes will drive internet take-up by the country’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Daily Observer newspaper reports that the programme is designed to help give 250 SMEs in Antigua & Barbuda a ‘permanent presence on the internet’, to help them to ‘competitively offer their products and services’, both at home and abroad. Working in partnership with exclusive partner the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), the government is looking to offer SMEs a telecoms bundle that includes 1MB of broadband internet; free installation and a free modem; a free Android tablet and mobile phone; fixed line discounts and specials; and a 12.5% discount on electricity bills for accounts that are kept current. The offer is only available in the aforementioned bundle and only via a three-year contract. The chairman of the board of APUA, Clarvis Joseph, said the initiative would stimulate the economy by providing jobs and tax revenue for the Treasury.

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