Neptune cleared for Jamaican launch, boss confirms

1 Jun 2022

Barbados-based Neptune Communications has been authorised to launch satellite-based broadband services in Jamaica by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), its executive team have confirmed. Managing director Brian Bennett-Easy, a former Digicel executive, told the Jamaica Observer: ‘We received formal final sign-off on 10 May 2022, so we have moved to hit the ground running to roll out our suite of products and services.’ Julian Jordan, founder and CEO of Neptune Communications, added: ‘We are very happy to be here, we have a great team here, and Jamaica was very obvious in growing our business. As a regional entity you have to come to Jamaica sooner or later.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in July 2021 Neptune Communications enlisted US-based Open RAN specialist Parallel Wireless to deploy what it described as ‘the first O-RAN compliant 4G LTE solution in the Caribbean’. Earlier that year Neptune had been awarded a block of 700MHz spectrum in Barbados in order to deliver resilient, mission critical voice and data services. While a 2022 launch is anticipated for the Barbadian venture, a comprehensive rollout schedule has not been disclosed.