One: FibreWire Internet To Offer Up To 200Mbps

March 14, 2017 | 26 Comments

“Internet speeds of up to 200Mbps are what residents of Bermuda can anticipate once the hundreds of miles of fibre optic cabling and new network gear have been installed,” One Communications said today.

The company said they are “ahead of schedule in its work installing FibreWire with the project now slated for completion Island-wide by late third quarter this year.”

CEO, Frank Amaral said: “Our plans to provide better value for internet services are with the Regulatory Authority. As a regulated access provider our new FibreWire plans must be approved in advance by the regulator.

One Communications Bermuda March 14 2017

“Once approved and the new network is activated in a neighborhood, One’s FibreWire Internet will be available to consumers with plans of up to 200Mbps to the home or small business.

“We are working hard to get our new network on line, and as a result our timeline for completion has been moved up. With additional specialists added to our current workforce, we look forward to completing this extensive project in a much shorter timeframe.

“Wired networks like ours have been proven to provide faster, more price effective and reliable internet services than wireless systems. Our FibreWire network has been engineered with the future in mind to provide even faster gigabit plus speeds when the market demands these services.”

He added: “Customers with One Communications’ internet service will be pleased to know that once FibreWire is ready to offer, upgrading will be simple.

“Once approvals are in place, and depending upon the service plan currently being subscribed to, many of our customers will be automatically upgraded to the new higher speeds at the same price that they are currently paying. So there won’t be a need to call in to sign up for the improved service.

“For installation, in most cases, a technician service call will not be required and existing customer modem equipment can be used. This means that extra cabling into a home or small business will not be necessary. The overall process will be quick and easy.”

The Bermuda-wide installation of FibreWire comes as One Communications is also expanding its 4G LTE mobile coverage throughout the Island, with completion in fall 2017. One Communications is also planning a full overhaul of its TV product in 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

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  1. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    Yes, thanks, we can anticipate it, but due to the pricing who will really get it?! IT’S NOT WORTH HAVING AT THE PRICE YOU CURRENTLY OR WILL CHARGE!

  2. Seeing Is Believing says:

    Yours for the low low price of 500$ a month!

  3. Good Guy says:

    What is this going to cost?

  4. Navin Johnson says:

    Hopefully when all is completed the Regulators will not say “you cannot be too far ahead of your competitors “. Would not surprise me instead of saying the competition must move forward

  5. I guess we can say thanks to Americas Cup that Bermuda is getting upgraded, old buildings fixed up and roads getting paved.
    But the Government couldnt do this just to say we care about our citizens, yet they needed outside persuasion.

    • Yup yup says:

      Not outside persuasion so much as outside return on investment… big difference in the real world!

    • bdaboy says:

      “But the Government couldnt do this just to say we care about our citizens, yet they needed outside persuasion.”

      the PLP sure didn’t do anything for Bermuda. Thank you OBA for trying to fix this PLP mess

  6. Sorry Sir says:

    Seems like the ‘last-branch’ will be the same old copper-wire solution we’ve always had.
    This will most likely not cause much of a bottle-neck but it would be interesting to see if they’d offer fibre directly to the home for those who request it.

    Either way, it’s a welcomed change and they should have no issues providing cable on that same line if they’d want to pursue that.

  7. Truth is killin' me... says:

    By then I might have already switched over to Blue!

  8. Um.... says:

    Looking forward to this. Not needing a service call or new equipment would be welcomed. I haven’t seen Digicel discuss this aspect of their network upgrade. From my understanding, ADSL customers with BTC will need to upgrade hardware and have technicians come to their home.

  9. Reality says:

    200Mbps on fibre.. That’s it? CV were testing 300MB in their offices as far back as atleast 4 years ago(FACTS from a techs own mouth). This has got to be a joke. I hope Digicel don’t come with the same weak story as they are offering speeds as high as a gig on some islands to the south of us.

    • Pooh Bear says:

      And just what in the h3ll are you hoping to do with 200mbps? Watch every HD TV channel on offer simultaneously? Make 3,800 simultaneous phonecalls?
      Give it a break with the bandwidth already! Any residence can ‘function’ at a good level with a 30Mbps line. Try not to forget, Bermuda still needs connectivity onto and away from its shores.
      As for 300Mbps ‘in their offices’…. ever hear of a lab test? Besides, fibre will support petabit rates if you’ve the line equipment to do so. Fibre is not the limiting factor. Terminating (switching/routing & transmission) equipment are!

      • Compare Notes? says:

        Just give me what I pay for and Im happy. Tired of paying for 10Mbps just to get 6 during peak hours and told well, if you want 10 during peak periods you need to updrade to 15? WTF!

  10. Cranberry says:

    And any idea on prices yet?? Surely you must know – you wouldn’t have started down this path without an idea of ROI???

    • Jenn says:

      Don’t think prices can be published until the RA approves them per the aeticle.

    • serengeti says:

      When they say: “many of our customers will be automatically upgraded to the new higher speeds at the same price that they are currently paying”, what do you think they mean?

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        “many of our customers will be automatically upgraded to the new higher speeds at the same price that they are currently paying”

        hahahahah that’s the day pigs fly!

  11. Glen T says:

    So undertsanding this….you are going to degrade the service by putting it down existing copper lines?!

    • wahoo says:

      My service already sucks and it has sucked for a while now.

    • Skytrain says:

      Right on. This is not fibre to the home. (FTH).
      The last mile is via your existing 10+ year old cable with shoddy and corroded connectors.
      Not good.

  12. Y-Gurl says:

    I don’t believe anything that comes from these clowns I’ll wait

  13. Spencer says:

    It will be set at a ludcrous price and you’ll probably only get a speed of 150mps

  14. biggadon says:

    what are we complaining about again?

    Once approvals are in place, and depending upon the service plan currently being subscribed to, many of our customers will be automatically upgraded to the new higher speeds at the same price that they are currently paying. So there won’t be a need to call in to sign up for the improved service.

  15. UmJustSaying says:

    As long as I get more speed than this Velo Solex I,m riding . I,m taking my $150 for the faster ride.

  16. ImJustSayin says:

    And I bet it’s gonna be so expensive not many are gonna be able to afford it and in turn this will make it run smoothly with no drop outs…

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