Govt of Saint Helena scouting for new telecoms licensee

8 Jan 2021

The government of Saint Helena is looking to license a telecoms operator to offer fixed voice and data, mobile and TV services on the island, or ‘a new hybrid offering all of the services in innovative and creative ways’, according to Tom Allen who is acting as a consultant on the project. In a LinkedIn post, Allen noted that the development is potentially exciting as the remote tropical island is about to get connected to a 100Gbps fibre connection when the Google Equiano cable lands there. No timeline is given concerning the selection process for the would-be quad-play licensee, but Allen notes that: ’[there is] the opportunity for the island to totally embrace a digital future that will solve many of their current challenges, including the ability to use credit or debit cards. Saint Helena could become a Smart Everything, from supporting remote learning at every level, to super secure data centres and satellite ground stations.’

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