July 29th, 2022 -- What if you were doing business in or around Basseterre or “hanging out” on Fort Street when you realised that you were out of data? You would likely search your Wi-Fi networks for a source and then The Cable Wi-Fi network pops up – for FREE. This was no happenstance or coincidence and in fact has become a lived experience since 2021.
The Cable is a forward-thinking company that strongly supports the government’s strategic goal of digital transformation. Over the last 12 months the company has taken a leading role in this visionary pursuit, implementing several initiatives to make the internet more easily accessible to the public. Take the busy thoroughfare of Central Basseterre stretching from Church Street in the West to West Independence Square (including Fort Street), where a total of 14 access points have been deployed. These access points enable the public to enjoy FREE WiFi whenever these areas are frequented.
Overtime, Basseterre will become like any other metropolis, where visitors and residents are never out of touch because they are away from home or out of data. Thanks to Wi-Fi, information and communication technology have overcome geographical and social distance (and not necessarily the social distance that we are now practicing because of the pandemic) minimizing challenges to access across society. Such is the thrust of modernity brought about by technology and the type of experience that digital transformation delivers.
The Cable has reported some impressive statistics to support the usefulness of this service. An average of twenty thousand residents and visitors per month use its Free Wi-fi service. Over 650 persons connect daily. Typically, users of this free service access social media and WhatsApp applications. Users are allowed a maximum of 10Mbps of download.
If you have been paying close attention to the company and the public remarks by its CEO, Patricia Walters, you may have heard repeated reminders like “we should not let size define us,” or “just because we live on an island does not mean that we can’t deliver big things”. She may have just been giving a glimpse into some of the technology offerings that the company has in store for consumers of information technology.
For starters, she leads a company that is a strong proponent of utilizing technology to create and propel business ventures. About one year ago, working in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the company deployed free internet in all 17 community centers around St. Kitts. While the intention is to organize formal activities to take full advantage of this service, Wi-Fi can also be accessed on the outside of these centers, and again at no cost to the users. “The wide availability of free Wi-Fi in these community centers sets the stage for our local digital gurus to emerge and make their mark in the advancement of community and country,” she asserted at the launch. “This is an excellent platform from which our young people can step up and create opportunities to monetize their talents and creativity,” she emphasized then.
Even as the company continues to leverage its internet technology, schools in St Kitts have also benefitted from this vision of digital transformation. The company even went a step further and created a “Teachers’ Pak” – a 100 MBPS Internet plan, packaged exclusively for teachers who are its customers. There is no exclusion to any teacher – hence a teacher in a preschool, primary, high school or college will qualify to receive this special offer. With online learning rapidly outpacing face to face instructions as a consequence of Covid-19, it was important to look out for the teachers who make an extraordinary effort to manage the teaching process virtually.
If the pandemic has accelerated this long-talked-about digital transformation, The Cable has already earned a place on this train. There is now high anticipation for the next strategic move by the company. For now, it can be said that The Cable understands that technology will play a critical role in its ability to evolve with the market and continually increase value to its customers. In so doing it is simply fulfilling its mantra of “giving more where it matters.”
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