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Golden Lane Homework Centre Gets Internet Access

As part of blink | bmobile’s continued effort to make citizens of Trinidad and Tobago the best Internet-connected users in the region, the Company launched the BLINK Wireless Broadband Pilot Project at the Golden Lane Community Centre in Tobago. 
 
The BLINK Wireless Broadband Project rolled into Golden Lane on Tuesday and donated a brand new computer to the Golden Lane Community Centre, in addition, the Homework Centre has been afforded free Internet access via the project, for the next 12 months. This was confirmed by Executive Vice President, BLINK Sales Service Tobago Operations, Vinood Radge Coomar. 
 
Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Gladstone Solomon, Director of Planning, Research and Project Implementation - Ministry of Tobago Development; Representative for Plymouth/Golden Lane and Secretary of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment, Assemblyman Godwin Adams; and the Secretary of the Golden Lane Village Council, Ms. Viola Balfour. 
 
Mr. Radge Coomar said the service entails deployment using new serving strategies that will dramatically reduce the wait time consumers experience for getting service by utilizing the latest high-speed wireless technology LTE (Long Term Evolution) through technology partner HUAWEI. In addition, it allows customers to enjoy faster download-speeds of up to 10Megabits per second. Radge Coomar said this is nothing short of a partnership with the Golden Lane Community. 
 
“We chose two rural communities one in Trinidad and the other in Tobago Sangre Chiquito and Golden Lane respectively; as launch pads for the pilot project which would include almost 300 sites being powered up with same technology over the coming months. These two rural communities had no prior broadband access either because of distance to legacy exchanges or because of terrain, which makes it difficult to lay down fixed infrastructure. Wireless makes it simple, reliable and fast and allows blink | bmobile to deliver the latest technology and services to our customers in these communities. This project fits well within the Government’s ICT agenda in Bridging the Digital Divide and is the start of many more rural development projects to be rolled out throughout the country in the coming months. It is a big investment to the Company, hundreds of millions of dollars, taking Broadband to the next level, but well worth it for all” he said.
 
Downloading and browsing will not be the only feature, but also Videoconferencing, moving towards e-Commerce and more employment opportunities. The device operates wirelessly just by plugging it into an electricity outlet. “The device is outfitted with Wi-Fi capabilities, where you can connect to your laptop and also smartphone. No wiring to come on poles outside or in your home. We will be offering this as a pilot project to residents free of charge, testing it to seek its capabilities”. 
 
Almost 300 sites are to be rolled out in the next six months to take Broadband where it was never before. “We know that terrain was a problem in the past and we are trying to change this. It’s an island-wide wireless strategy that will be implemented over the coming months but we wanted to start with the rural communities, and then expand. It is a partnership with the community of Golden Lane”. 
 
Assemblyman Godwin Adams in addressing the crowd which included new customers of the service from within his community expressed his gratitude to blink | bmobile for his community being chosen as one of the first to get the service and challenged the Company to continue enabling his and other communities in need in 
Tobago”.