Deep Blue Cable Inks Deal to Support Digicel’s Caribbean Fibre Rollout
October 18, 2018
The Deep Blue Cable undersea cable infrastructure company has announced a deal to support a multi-million dollar, 15-year ICT contract with the governments of the Caribbean nations of Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Consisting of three main components, a Government Wide Area Network (GWAN), a Schools Network and a submarine cable between Saint Vincent and Grenada with landings on five Grenadine islands, the project will see Deep Blue Cable working in support of the submarine cable element as Digicel’s subject matter experts. Ready For Service (RFS) is scheduled for mid-to-late 2019.
In a statement Deep Blue Cable said it already assisted Digicel in the procurement process through vendor selection and contract negotiations and will continue to be a key player in the management and delivery of the fibre optic network infrastructure. As a result of the thorough procurement process, the Deep Blue Cable recommended contractor, I.T. International Telecom Marine SRL (IT) of Barbados was selected and contracted by Digicel to deliver the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) submarine solution, which will use Nexans Norway as the project’s subplant supplier.
The Deep Blue Cable undersea cable infrastructure company is backed by Digicel Group founder and chairman Denis O’Brien. Its Pan-Caribbean system will span 12,000 km with initial landing points in 14 markets throughout the region, including the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and dual diverse landings in the US, including the first landing of a cable on the Gulf Coast of Florida.