The Caribbean Island of Antigua & Barbuda can now access an island Wi-Fi network service provided by the Antigua Computer Technology using Tropos Networks’s MetroMesh Wi-Fi network solution.
The wireless network, currently servicing more than 40% of the total population, is also being used to introduce computer-based curriculum and technology into the public schools through mobile computer classrooms and fixed internet centers that have access to the network.
For the public schools, three mobile center classrooms are already up and running and 18 fixed internet centers are expected to be completed in 2007. In 2008, plans are for a total of 7,798 students to have access to Antigua Computer Technology’s (ACT) Wi-Fi network. This includes 14 primary schools, with 2,796 students, and nine secondary schools, with 5,002 students. Each of the mobile centers is equipped with one of Tropos’s Mobile MetroMesh routers for a wireless internet connection, 17 mobile touch PCs, a GPS for up-to-date location of the mobile center, and a video phone for local communications and video conferencing.
Denise Barton, director of marketing for Tropos Networks, said: The selection of the Tropos MetroMesh system to enable fixed and mobile network access supporting the education and economic initiatives for Antigua and Barbuda is gratifying. We look forward to continuing to work with the local government and ACT as they expand the network and introduce additional applications which enrich the lives of citizens in Antigua & Barbuda.