The Department of the Public Service and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) recently hosted a ceremony to commemorate the start of the implementation of phase two of the Government Island-wide free internet service.
The service is called the Government Islandwide Network Project (GINet).
According to the Communications Unit of the Ministry of the Public Service, the highlight of the recent ceremony included the handing over of equipment for GINet Phase 1 and a cheque presentation for the launch of GINet phase 2.
The Unit quoted Permanent Secretary in the Department of the Public Service Peggy-Ann Soudatt as saying that the government of Saint Lucia is appreciative of Taiwan’s assistance.
“I just want to, on behalf of the government and people of St. Lucia, to thank the Taiwanese – the government of Taiwan for their consideration and we look forward to the launch of Phase 2. We know people are very excited about having the opportunity of the internet being available to them free of charge and so on, so we are very thankful for that,” she said.
According to the Ministry of the Public Service, the objective of the GINet is to develop a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) in public areas around Saint Lucia providing residents, tourists and businesses with free internet.
The ministry says the initiative is intended to reduce the digital divide in urban and rural areas affected by low internet penetration.
Phase one of the project which comprised of installation and testing has been completed in five (5) target areas, namely; Castries, Micoud, Vieux-Fort, Canaries and Dennery.
Each Wi-Fi device is expected to provide coverage to approximately 50 users at any one point in time.
On the 18th, of July, 2019 GINet will launch Phase 2 of the project at the Castries Constitution Park.