Liberty Mobile USVI plots gigabit FTTH launch

19 Aug 2022

Liberty Latin America (LLA)-backed Liberty Mobile USVI has unveiled plans to launch a gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network on the US Virgin Islands. Speaking during a press conference at the UVI Research and Technology Park, Bala Balakrishnan, general manager of Liberty Mobile USVI, said most of the fibre will be built underground, providing better resiliency against natural disasters. The project is expected to be 40% complete by 2024, 80% by 2026, and fully completed by 2027, he said.

TeleGeography notes that the rollout activity represents LLA’s second foray into the USVI fixed broadband sector since acquiring AT&T’s local mobile unit in October 2020. In October 2021 LLA agreed to acquire a majority stake in fixed wireless access (FWA) operator Broadband VI in a deal worth USD33 million. The takeover closed on 31 December 2021.