Today is a very proud and historic moment for Jamaica.
ReadyNet has been officially launched in Mullet Hall, Portland, a remote community that never before had fixed broadband service.
The residents are very happy about the initiative as this is a step forward into the digital world.
Now, they’ll be able to access the internet via ReadyNet’s satellite-delivered community wifi.
Speaking at the launch, Co-CEO of Ready Communications Limited, Chris Dehring says the goal is to have 3000 community wifi hot-spots across Jamaica.
That would mean a 20 % increase in fixed broadband services as currently, 66 % of Jamaicans do not have this advantage.
Dehring believes that 3000 target can be reached in 6 months.
The minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams lauds the move and says this is how Jamaica will be able to bridge the information gap.
At the same time, the member of Parliament for West Portland, Darly Vaz shares the same sentiments, adding that this is a part of his plan to boost innovation and growth.
ReadyNet’s Trial launch will go up to November 1 and if all goes well, many more Jamaicans can expect to benefit.