The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has announced that businesses and residences in Frydenhoj, Red Hook and Smith Bay on St Thomas, Christiansted and Gallows Bay on St Croix, and Cruz Bay on St John. now have the option of connecting to its new 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B) network. While the viNGN will not be offering services directly to the public, it notes that connectivity is available via the following internet service providers (ISPs): High Tide Solutions, ADM Technologies, Alliance Data (SmartNet), Orbitel Access, Broadband VI, One Stop Wireless, Innovative Fibernet, Choice Communications, Surge Broadband Communications and Fusion Solutions.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the viNGN – which is primarily funded by a grant from the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as part of an extensive federal programme designed to improve broadband capacity in the US and its unincorporated territories – will eventually pass every home in the US Virgin Islands. The cable incorporates a twelve-part 183km submarine cable link between Saint Thomas and Saint Croix.