Flow BVI replacing damaged copper with fibre; eyes Dec-21 completion

29 Nov 2019

Ravindra Maywahlall, the country manager for Flow in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has revealed that the telco’s fixed line restoration efforts are still ongoing, with completion not anticipated until December 2021. Rather than a like-for-like replacement of the copper infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, he indicated that the damaged networks are being upgraded with fibre-optic technology, noting: ‘It takes time when you’re building for the future. It takes time with proper planning and there are limited resources to do these builds and we are trying to build back all the communities that we were operating in that were impacted.’

Speaking at a press conference, the executive added: ‘So far, the build has been on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. We did a build-out on Anegada at the Anegada Reef Hotel earlier this year, so the idea is by the end of December 2021, I want to get to at least 95% of that footprint that we had prior to Irma.’

Virgin Islands (U.K.), Flow (BVI)