Things are speeding up for new telecom firm
It's all systems go for Bermuda's newest telecommunication company, Horizon Communications Ltd.
It has started connecting business customers in Hamilton, and will soon offer services to residents and businesses around the island.
Using wireless technology, the company envisages providing residential internet delivery speeds up to 200 or 300Mbps, and far faster for businesses in the city.
Founder Gilbert "Artie" Darrell, said: "We have started to buildout our network."
Wave Bermuda Ltd, which also trades as Horizon Communications, received an Integrated Communications Operating Licence from the Regulatory Authority in September.
Its aim is to begin rapidly expanding its fixed wireless service to the residential market in the summer and autumn. As an independent network, it does not rely on established providers.
Mr Darrell said Horizon Communications is using greener technology that does away with the need to dig up roads for cabling, or the need for overhead cables.
The internet wireless signal is picked up at a customer's property through a six-inch or 12-inch antenna dish, which Horizon technicians install.
During the past few weeks the company has taken delivery of hundreds of boxes of equipment, including radios and wi-fi devices, as it builds up its networks.
Funding was secured through the Bermuda Infrastructure Fund, which has invested in the business. The fund was set up three years, and has attracted about $88 million in funds from sources including international companies and the Bermuda Government, to help finance infrastructure-related projects.
It has taken a number of years for Horizon Communications to reach the point where it has funding, a licence, and is servicing its first clients.
Mr Darrell said: "The past five years of my life have been fully devoted to this. You live with no income. I found a few people who believed in it, and then we found a financial partner."
He said Horizon Communications can provide better technology and better service.
"Bermuda is an expensive place to live. One goal is to provide a much better service. Hopefully to bring prices down," he said.
"What we can do, outside of bring better technology, is bringing better customer service. We are a local company; we do not have all the legacy problems [of others]."
The company has offices on Cedar Avenue, and about 20 staff. It plans to have a kiosk in the Washington Mall.
Mr Darrell said: "The past year has been a bit rough, but Bermuda is now in a bit of an uptick. We see new businesses coming to Bermuda. We can help a lot of small businesses who need to save money, but also need a reliable service."
For more information visit the website at www.horizon.bm and on Facebook @horizoncommbermuda