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« on: April 18, 2011, 09:55:34 AM »
Barbados...Free Wifi access for all

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados Thursday, April 14, 2011 – It’s on! The goal to make Barbados the first country in the world to provide 100% free Wi-Fi access to all of its citizens is gaining major traction. 

The Wi-Fi project, branded “11:11:11ON”, is designed to position Barbados as a world leader in the global marketplace. It is widely believed that Information Technology capability and capacity is the single most important transformational force that a country can harness.

This point was reiterated by Britain’s most successful black entrepreneur, Piers Linney as he spoke at the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s (BEF) Monthly Entrepreneurs’ Forum held in March. Piers noted that a successful entrepreneurial economy could not be build without decent connectivity. “In the old days you built roads, canals and railways. Now you’re building information superhighways, internet connections,” the entrepreneur had noted.

“The people who contribute to the realisation of these goals will create a vastly better life for our children and their children. ”        --Melanie Jones

This month the Entrepreneurs’ Forum will focus entirely on the “11:11:11ON” initiative. The bold and ambitious initiative was endorsed by our late Prime Minister David Thompson who coined the phrase “from rum shop to bus stop” as he described the level of wireless connectivity he envisioned for his people.

“Having completely free wireless access across Barbados will be a significant turning point in our history and in the way we do business as a jurisdiction. This is absolutely essential if Barbados is to become the “The #1 Entrepreneurial Hub in the World by 2020,” said Chairman of the BEF, Peter Boos. ”

The Wi-Fi project falls under the BEF’s Business facilitation pillar which is spearheaded by Partner at LEX Caribbean, Melanie Jones. Melanie and her Wi-Fi Team will be presenting the concepts, philosophy and business models to the public. There will also be a panel discussion where the members of the public will be given the opportunity to question the Wi-Fi Team and offer suggestions on the way forward.

“The people who contribute to the realisation of these goals will create a vastly better life for our children and their children. Future generations will look back at this legacy and herald its champions as great leaders and visionaries,” explained Melanie Jones.

The Monthly Entrepreneurs’ Forums hosted by the BEF are designed to educate and inspire entrepreneurs and business professionals, as well as facilitate networking opportunities. This month the forum will be held at The Plantation Garden Theatre, St. Lawrence on Thursday April 21st from 6:00-8:00 pm

About Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc.

The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation is a non-profit organistion founded in 2010 with the vision of making Barbados “The #1 Entrepreneurial Hub in The World by 2020”.  Led by its Chairman Peter Boos, CEO Damian McKinney, and a group of local and international entrepreneurs as its board, the goal of the Foundation is to create an enabling environment for sustainable business development through advancing best practices in the areas of Finance, Government Policy, Education and Skills, Mentorship and Business Facilitation. For more information please visit http://www.barbadosentrepreneurshipfoundation.org.

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Re: Barbados...Free Wifi access for all
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 11:00:37 AM »
 :applause:
 
This something I think we could have pursued as well. We already have the Wimax technology in use.

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Re: Barbados...Free Wifi access for all
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 12:51:24 PM »
doesn't finland or somewhere so have something similar? or is it just that internet access has to be available to all their citizens? i seem to remember something about a while back
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Re: Barbados...Free Wifi access for all
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 12:53:06 PM »
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Re: Barbados...Free Wifi access for all
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 12:59:10 PM »
now looked it up..fast internet is a legal right in finland
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-10-15/tech/finland.internet.rights_1_internet-access-fast-internet-megabit?_s=PM:TECH

i think thats just a legal right to have the option to purchase broadband....barbados offering it free.

either way, nice to see a caribbean island doing something this positive  :beermug:

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Re: Barbados...Free Wifi access for all
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011, 01:00:30 PM »
That is a real developing nation.

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Re: Barbados...Free Wifi access for all
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2011, 01:03:33 PM »
now looked it up..fast internet is a legal right in finland
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-10-15/tech/finland.internet.rights_1_internet-access-fast-internet-megabit?_s=PM:TECH

i think thats just a legal right to have the option to purchase broadband....barbados offering it free.

either way, nice to see a caribbean island doing something this positive  :beermug:

yeah i corrected myself when i posted the article
We go see if Bdos can get this done... kudos if they do
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2017, 11:19:26 AM »
Free WiFi on maxi taxis soon
Sasha Harrinanan (Newsday).


ACCESS to the internet is increasingly important but not everyone can afford to pay for all of the data they need and therefore rely on free WiFi to get online.

Pretty soon, finding a free WiFi signal could be as easy as choosing to travel in a maxi taxi.

That’s because the Association of Maxi Taxis of Trinidad and Tobago (AMTTT) and the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT) are in talks to provide WiFi to maxi taxi customers.

This was announced by TSTT’s Chief Commercial Officer, Miguel Garcia, at the launch of Huawei’s Mate 9 smartphone, which took place during the “CONNECT @ bmobile Tech Expo” at Hyatt Regency, Portof- Spain on Wednesday last.

“Last week we started an initiative with the AMTTT, which represents all of the transport routes in the country.

We are providing them with special 4G modems, at very special rates, that will enable them to offer their 300,000-plus commuters free WiFi.” Speaking with Newsday after the launch, Garcia expressed hope that “in the next couple of weeks”, free WiFi will be available on all AMTTT maxis.

Newsday asked if TSTT plans to sign similar deals with other transportation associations, to which Garcia replied, “Yes we are.” “We’re talking to a bunch of taxis and also some other organisations.

I don’t want to reveal (which ones) because it’s not been finalised yet but yes, we are in the process of doing that. The idea is that when anyone in TT gets on some sort of transportation, they can get WiFi too,” Garcia explained.

AMTTT Vice-President, Linus Phillip, told Newsday said some maxi taxis began offering the service this past Monday, having “collected their 4G modems over the weekend.” Asked about the special rates, Phillip said participating AMTTT members “paid $200 plus VAT (Value-Added Tax), which is an excellent price. The normal price is about $350.” Describing the arrangement as a good opportunity, Phillip said he expects most AMTTT members to sign up in the coming weeks.

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Re: Free WiFi on maxi taxis soon
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 10:30:39 PM »
Might b cheaper to ride maxi whole day than pay an internet bill
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