The major cut in internet rates at the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) may be closer to realization than expected.
In august, Telecoms Minister Melford Nicholas revealed that the local utility company, will be offering a package of a minimum of 10Mbps [Megabits per second] by the end of October, at a price point of EC $75 monthly.
However, in early November it was announced that a date for the roll-out of the new rates and bandwidth had not been determined.
Minister Nicholas now in an update revealed that the funds to conclude negotiations with Southern Fiber, the company that is offering broadband connectivity, are now available negotiations are expected to be successfully completed during this week.
“Those funds have now become available to the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) and I imagine that during the course of the new week, APUA will be in a position to indicate when that Southern Fiber additional capacity of 10 gigabits will be made available to them,” he said.
Nicholas says that some customers within certain areas in the country have already been benefiting for some upgrades to the APUA’s system.
“Many areas of the north they have continued to roll out of their fiber service and in many other areas. The implementation of a system wide upgrade I’m told to the customers who have a good credit record with APUA have already been receiving significant improvement in service. The telephone manager has advised that more than 30% of the consumer base is now up to 5 megabits per second,” the Telecommunication Minister noted.
In a previous Cabinet session, the Minister, the Government has now given APUA the resources needed so the residents could receive quality service at a cost which is expected to bring some shake-up to the other major telecoms company, Flow and Digicel.