St. Lucia is an island country located in the West Indies. Part of the Lesser Antillies, it is situated north west of St. Vincent, north west of Barbados and south of Martinique. It is an island with stunning mountainous landscapes due to its volcanic history. Mount Gimie and The Pitons are its famous mountains. It also features waterfalls, beaches and springs. The landscape and tropical climate has made St. Lucia a very popular destination for tourists and tourism is one of the islands main industries. As a small island developing state, as well as tourism, the country is also dependent upon the export of bananas and plantain and also services such as petroleum storage and shipment and offshore banking. There has been considerable foreign investment poured into the island.
As across many of the other islands of the Caribbean, St. Lucia has experienced a very high rate of mobile phone adoption. It is amongst the highest users of mobile phones in the Caribbean region. In 2017, 4G started it’s rollout on the island, but there is still not widespread adoption of Internet services with 58% of the islands’ just over 178,000 inhabitants. However, the government of St. Lucia has recently reached an agreement with the government of Taiwan to roll out a high speed fibre optic broadband network to all households and to help develop infrastructure for tourism and residents.
VSAT Solutions for Saint Lucia
Though there are plans in place to improve the infrastructure for broadband services across St. Lucia, in the meantime, satellite solutions can play a key role in enabling connectivity where it does not currently reach. BusinessCom Networks provide a satellite Internet service that can enables local ISPs on the island to cost-effectively and rapidly extend their network out to areas that currently lack broadband services. Using VSAT technology, the BusinessCom team will help users to design a network that meets the needs of the local population and provides highly reliable connectivity so that islanders can enjoy the full range of IP services including VoIP and videoconferencing, ideal for businesses and individuals.
Satellite services can also play a great role in extending mobile broadband services across the island. BusinessCom provides a rural mobile network solution that brings quick Return on Investment and delivers a low-cost cellular voice, SMS and data service. It may be used in conjunction with all GSM handsets in 2G, 3G or 4G and enables voice, data and SMS services. With the huge popularity of the mobile phone across St. Lucia, extension of the mobile broadband facilitates easy and cost effective access to the Internet and other communications services without big capital investment. The solution is fully managed by BusinessCom technical staff and is low-cost and easy to install. The network can even be up and running in just 48 hours.
BusinessCom offers the following satellite internet services in St Lucia:
- Broadband Internet access
- Toll quality VoIP and Videoconferencing with CIR
- Reliable SLA through FDMA and D-TDMA with 98% efficiency on payload
- Star, Mesh and hybrid Star/Mesh topology networks
- Full support of accelerated VPN, CITRIX, ERM and other business applications
- Highly secure operation with optional AES embedded encryption
- Global C-Band coverage and sub-Sahara Ku-Band
- Landing at top tier redundant IP facilities in Western Europe and United States
- Sentinel-based QoS, bandwidth management and optimization platform