15 Mar 2013
According to a recently published study by online journal www.franceantilles.fr 35% of Guadeloupe residents suffer from a so-called ‘degraded’ broadband service, while 3% of the population remain ineligible. The website classifies a degraded service as below 2Mbps, meaning that as many as 63,000 households suffer from below-par connectivity. Further, 5,400 households still lack basic broadband connectivity. On a positive note, 47% of households (84,600) are eligible for download speeds of more than 10Mbps.
The website also provides a timely update on the ‘St Anne 2.0’ project, which aims to extend 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to 100% of the remote tourist destination, which is situated in the southern part of Grande-Terre. The town was selected in July 2010 to benefit from a EUR2.7 million (USD3.5 million) European Union (EU) credit line, which would form part of a larger EUR4 million broadband investment. www.franceantilles.fr notes that the project is set for completion in April 2013. At the time, locals questioned the wisdom of spending the funding in a town susceptible to serious damage from hurricanes.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, companies currently active within the country’s broadband market include: Orange Caraibe, Outremer Telecom, Mediaserv and Numericable.