The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) recognizes the crucial significance of reliable internet connectivity for efficient operations at police stations and health centers. With this consideration, the Police & Health Centre project, aims to improve the internet infrastructure at these vital locations, fostering seamless communication and the integration of advanced technologies.
This initiative involves the installation of over 200 access points across 43 police stations and 32 health centers throughout St. Vincent & the Grenadines. These access points will be strategically positioned to ensure comprehensive coverage and optimal connectivity. As part of the project, five police stations and five health centers are scheduled to receive fiber internet connections, offering high-speed and dependable connectivity to enhance communication capabilities and support data-intensive operations. All installations at these locations are anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2024. The upgrade of networking equipment aims to establish a more secure network at these locations, prioritizing the utmost importance of data protection.
Having commenced with a tender in August 2022, this project is slated to extend over a five-year period. Following its commissioning, all facilities are expected to have minimum download speeds of 350Mbps and upload speeds of 50 Mbps for the initial two years. From the third to the fifth year, download speeds are set to increase to a minimum of 500Mbps, with upload speeds reaching 100 Mbps. Ten specific locations will benefit from fiber internet connections, including the Central Police Station, Police Training School – New Montrose, Questelles Police Station, Biabou Police Station, Georgetown Police Station, Chateaubelair Smart Hospital, Levi Latham Hospital, Stubbs Polyclinic, Buccament Polyclinic, and Georgetown Modern Medical Complex.
Upon the successful completion and commissioning of the Police & Health Centre project, significant advantages will be realized. Police stations and health centers will enjoy improved connectivity, streamlined operations, and enhanced emergency response capabilities. This project is poised to revolutionize communication at these critical facilities, ensuring they stay at the forefront of adopting cutting-edge technologies for the greater benefit of the communities they serve.