The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has agreed to support the government’s National Broadband Initiative by offering the use of its utility poles for the deployment of aerial fibre. Daryl Vaz, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, told the House of Representatives on 1 February: ‘This permission was received last week and already JPS and the National Works Agency (NWA) are in discussions regarding the manner in which the works will be executed.’
In addition, Minister Vaz noted that discussions are under way with Flow to provide free access to two dark fibre strands on the north coast, to supply end-to-end access from St. James to St. Ann; St. Ann to St. Mary; St. Mary to Portland; and from Portland to St. Thomas.
Announced in December 2020, the USD237 million National Broadband Initiative aims to provide last-mile connectivity to all Jamaicans by 2025. Among other measures, around 1,500km of fibre is expected to be deployed in unserved and underserved areas.