• Today
    June 21

  • 12:01 PM

Flow sending tech team to countries

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 13 September 2017


Jenson Sylvester (left), managing director of Flow Barbados, wishes head-end supervisor Ryan Blades and network support engineer Govan Greaves the very best ahead of their assignment to the Turks and Caicos Islands. (GP)

A TECHNICAL TEAM from telecommunications provider Flow was scheduled to leave Barbados early this morning to join Cable & Wireless (C&W) teams from across the region in restoring services to countries hard hit by Hurricane Irma.

Flow’s network support engineer Govan Greaves and head-end supervisor Ryan Blades will join counterparts from Jamaica and Panama in the rebuilding exercise.

C&W Communications is the operator of the retail brand Flow in the Caribbean, and is the largest full service communicator in the region. The company reported damage to both its fixed and mobile networks in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Chief executive officer of C&W John Reid said while the networks “proved very resilient during the passage of the storm”, there was “significant impact to services in Antigua and Barbuda, the British VirginIslandss and the Turks and Caicos”.

Managing director of C&W Flow Barbados, Jenson Sylvester, said yesterday the company was deploying resources to get the infrastructure up and running, as well as providing much needed supplies of water, food and other necessities. In the BVI, more than half of the over 20 cell towers were destroyed, he said, adding it was too early to give an assessment of the cost of the damage.

Much of the efforts were being coordinated from Antigua to the other islands, he added.

Meanwhile, Flow has extended free credit to customers across affected markets, enabling pre-pay mobile customers to make contact with loved ones on their island or abroad, without charges.

In a statement yesterday, it said the free credits would allow customers to use SMS, social media or make calls.

C&W also announced it would not disconnect services of customers on “contracted or post-pay” services such as home broadband, telephone and TV and post-pay mobile “until further notice, to ease the burden on customers during this difficult time”. (GC)



Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus




Do you agree with Government's decision to seek IMF assistance?