Barbados a step closer to 100% free Wi-Fi
A leading company joins in the effort which was launched by the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation in January last year.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday June 2, 2011 – The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s (BEF) mission to provide free Wi-Fi service across the island by November 11 this year has received another boost with the active participation of a leading law firm.
LEX Caribbean, which also has offices in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and London, is the latest company to unlock their Wi-Fi in furtherance of the BEF initiative. LEX Caribbean now provides free access via a signal that extends approximately a kilometre to the West and North of their offices in the south of the country.
Melanie Jones, a partner of the firm and also, in her individual capacity, a director of the BEF and leader of its Business Facilitation Pillar, said the company “proudly subscribed to the BEF’s vision because we believe it will inure to the benefit of all Barbadians.”
“As a law firm we had to carefully analyse whether there was any risk in unlocking our Wi-Fi. Our internal information and our client information must be maintained in the strictest confidence and we must have the ability to scrutinise, monitor and control what is happening on our guest network in just the same way that we do on our internal network. Thanks to the enormous efforts of our IT team and Sunisle who provided the equipment and related services, we have a safe, secure system and are delighted at having been able to launch it,” she said.
Jones has encouraged other businesses to go the same route.
“We assure them that our experience gained in researching, implementing and testing the system convinced us that it could be responsibly and securely executed upon. Moreover, it also enables us to make a major contribution towards universal connectivity and against the worrying growth of the digital divide, which needs to be eliminated here in Barbados before it creates real disadvantage and loss of opportunity,” she said.
Realization of the BEF’s island Wi-Fi vision will mean that entrepreneurs and people everywhere can continue to communicate and transact effectively as they move around Barbados, without being constrained by a specific geographical or physical location, a statement from the Foundation said.
The BEF said this was good for visitors to the island as well as locals, domestic commerce, international business and tourism.
“The rendering of Barbados into a Wi-Fi island will make Barbados truly competitive in the global arena and show that it is serious about embracing technology and affording people connectivity to an extent that many other nations have yet to do. The success of this initiative will thus play a major role in the development of Barbados as the number one entrepreneurial hub in the world by 2020 which is the vision of the BEF,” it added.
LEX Caribbean along with all the other businesses which have also chosen to unlock their Wi-Fi connections have been posted on a map online at http://www.wifispottr.com/. The website also provides accurate directions which guide the user from their exact location to the Wi-Fi location of their choice.