TBi Now Offering Residential Internet Service

May 3, 2013

TBi is now offering residential internet service starting from $49.95 per month for 4MB, with the service available effective today [May 3].

TBi CEO Gregory Swan said, “We are excited to be able to launch what we believe is a great product for Bermuda. Obviously the price point is attractive, and also included with that is complimentary wifi access through the island hotspots, the largest of which is Hamilton and Dockyard.”

St George’s will also have wifi hotspots available soon, and TBI plan to roll out additional ones across the island in the future. The residential internet is available on a no contract basis, and when asked about increased speeds [15MB etc], Mr Swan said they plan to introduce them in the very near future.

The residential internet is also available as part of a bundled package, which sees the internet service plus long distance available together starting at just under $80 per month.

The new service from TBi was made possible due to the new ICOL licences which were issued earlier this week. Traditionally local companies have been licensed to operate in particular areas [TV, internet, mobile phones etc], however the ICOL licence allows the providers to pick and choose what they want to offer.

When asked if the company plans to introduce anything else new that may be allowed for under the new ICOL licence, Mr Swan said “Absolutely,” and explained they hope to launch additional services in the future. A flyer showing TBI’s new services/prices can be seen here [PDF].

According to a list published by the Regulatory Authority, the ICOL licence holders are:

  • Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd
  • Bermuda Cablevision Ltd
  • BDB Ltd
  • Bermuda Land Development Company Ltd
  • Bermuda Telephone Company Ltd
  • Brasil Telecom Subsea Cable Systems (Bermuda) Ltd
  • Cable Co. Ltd
  • Deltronics Ltd
  • Digital Mobile Television Limited
  • Electronic Communications Limited
  • FKB Net Ltd
  • iTech (Bermuda) Limited
  • LinkBermuda Limited
  • Quantum Communications Limited
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  1. Juice says:

    Yes!!

    • Pickup says:

      Currently paying $99.95 for 4MB at Logic. I saw the Digicel promo in the mail for $60 for 6MB with first 3 months free and called Logic to see if they would match it or if they would be offering a similar promo soon. I was told no, that I would have to commit to a 2 year contract at $70+ to get 6MB. I was kinda teed off that they would treat a new walk in in customer better than a loyal long time customer. I was going to switch to Digicel- but I might have to wait and see what is coming. Thanks to all those PLP, OBA whoever.. that were responsible for changing the licensing and allowing more competition. We have seen the price drops already, and hopefully the better service will come soon.

  2. DarkSideofTheMoon says:

    Ok, someone help me out. Will I only have to deal with TBI or two companies to get internet?

    • GBDA says:

      Still two companies

      • DarkSideofTheMoon says:

        Thanks

        • Moojun says:

          If you want to just pay one company to get the internet (both ISP and delivery), why didn’t you just sign up for Northrock’s wireless internet? It’s been available for the past 5 years or so.

      • D Talbot says:

        To swing voter.
        It is clear to me that you are uninformed on how dsl works. First the “d” in dsl means digital. Second, there are many forms of dsl. Ask BTC about which solution they offer. Third, while Bermuda has always had a separation of services ie C&W for international and BTC for local calls both have had competitors. What the new licences means that the companies can offer one stop shopping its customers. Bernews reported a list of those companies, choose one.

        • Pickup says:

          @ D Talbot…sorry but swinger voter is technically correct. BTC are using the same copper wire that comes into your hope for your analogue telephone signal. What he means is that there is no hardware “upgrading” involved,like new thicker copper wire for example. They don’t even give you a modem or DSL filter, you must purchase those yourself. So why the “upgrade fee”? All they are doing is lifting the bandwidth restriction a bit more.

      • Building a better Bermuda says:

        Right now the only choices to connect to your ISP is BTC DSL or CableVision Cale modem, so you will still need to connect to the Internet via a connection and an Internet provider. The ICOL’s will eventually change that and eventually we will start to see companies offering both

  3. swing voter says:

    so I still have to pay BTC to ‘upgrade’ my copper pair to DSL….hahahah wat a rip-off since there is no ‘upgrading’ involved, just to allow an analogue modem to connect to a ISP! SMDH

  4. Tank Rain says:

    That is $240/year cheaper than I pay now….I am in

  5. bigcat says:

    Now if I could only get Ice Queen to charge me $5 for a shake, fries and double cheese as opposed to $20

  6. RawOnion says:

    I can’t wait to go to Northrock to see if they will even offer me a price reduction. When I leave there, I WILL have a price reduction or I’ll be taking a short walk to TBI.

    • Honestly says:

      They (Northrock) need to pay attention! This cuts @ least 20$ from their services! It’s about time we have some real competition!

    • Pickup says:

      Good luck, Logic told me NO last week when I called them about Digicels 6MB for $60 rate.

  7. outkasted says:

    Flip all the rhetoric I want LINK BERMUDA! Nuff said.

    • Pickup says:

      I agree, I wish they would make a press release and give us an ETA so I can make a decision. I may go TBI or Digicel short term and wait to see what Link will do.

  8. Malachi says:

    This is certainly a good deal.

    Where else can you get a package that includes free WiFi where it is available, ie, Hamilton, Dockyard and St. George?

    Go Greg!

  9. backbush says:

    when northrock and logic became one i was kind of up set because i said it would not be good for the customer because less providers more the they can charge than week later i see this i can only imaging they going have to lower there rates now if they want keep customers happy so i say in the next 3 months we going see big prices so watch out for these contracts they might catch you out

  10. Paul says:

    Coming from Canada after 3 years I’ve been using Transact and WOW 90 dollars for 4M …..I mean I paid 19.95 in Canada for 25M! Thank God for TBI!