Be a part of the USVI Technological Revolution and “Clip the Ship” – The International Telecoms ship (IT Intrepid), has begun its journey from South America to the U.S. Virgin Islands to begin its mission of laying our submarine fiber optic cable, linking St. Thomas and St. Croix! Similar to a freight ship, the IT Intrepid spans approximately 300 feet, with a crew of 15-30 people (including the captain, technical specialists, divers and others with specialized roles).
The fiber optic cables are expected to reach depths of 12,000-15,000 ft., and numerous sea craft are also on board the ship: submarine robots, designed to avoid undersea terrain obstacles and coral reefs. Two cables capable of 10Gbp+ capacity will be laid to ensure network redundancy (currently, viNGN leases 2.5Gbps interisland capacity from AT&T).
This is a huge milestone and a community event – we invite everyone to keep an eye out for the IT Intrepid, and “Clip the Ship” – snap photos or shoot videos, and post on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. with the hashtag #viNextGen. We’ll be looking for your shares of this historic passage and fulfillment of a fully inter-connected U.S. Virgin Islands!
- Read the full article: International Telecoms Ship to Begin Laying of viNGN’s Submarine Fiber Optic Cable (VI Consortium)
- Read the official press release “Clip the Ship” as the Virgin Islands evolves into the Next Generation of Technology