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viNGN Helps Bring 65th Crucian Christmas Festival to the World


viNGN Partnerships with Virgin Islands Consortium, WTJX Public Broadcasting System plus free Wi-Fi allow for global access

Heatmap: viNGN hotspots in use at Festival Village

Heatmap: viNGN hotspots in use at 2017-2018 St. Croix Festival Village

The Virgin Islands Next Generation (viNGN) was pleased to play a part in bringing St. Croix Christmas Festival activities to the world through partnerships with the Virgin Islands Consortium, and WTJX, the Virgin Islands Public Broadcasting System.

“What a complete success,” stated viNGN President and CEO Dr. Mark McGibbon. “It was a collaborative effort between our St. Croix and St. Thomas technology specialists.”

Sacha Alexander and Dr. Mark McGibbon

VI Consortium’s Sacha Alexander and Dr. Mark McGibbon

Echoing McGibbon, viNGN Network Technician Kevin Maynard credited excellent design and layout, outside plant personnel, and the additional services of local ISP FiberNet, with a superb install. “We had a total of four (4) hotspots set up in the Frederiksted Festival area, three in the Festival Village, and one along the Parade route,” he said. “We worked alongside the VI Consortium to present live streaming to hundreds of thousands of viewers nightly. We also supported WTJX to present live streaming of the Festival Parade to online viewers worldwide.” he concluded.

Senior VP Daryl Wade and our lead Network Engineer Abed Hussein spearheaded the initiative with the help of Network Technician Benaiah Nicholson on St. Thomas. On St. Croix, our Enterprise Architect Warren Spencer worked closely with Network Technician Kevin Maynard to design the network. Lead Field Technician, Keithly Heath and members of his team, Tim Bonit, Ellisha Williams, Nalan Francis and Desmond Phillip, Jr. and logistical support was provided by Material Coordinator Alexander Adams and Document Control Manager Linda Camacho. These were just the major players, but the entire viNGN family was part of the whole process that allowed St. Croix culture to shine brilliantly to the world.

As a wholesale provider of broadband Internet and other services, viNGN only sells bandwidth to local Internet Service Providers, or ISPs. viNGN’s 100% fiber optic network interconnects St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island; multiple undersea fiber optic cables connect the territory to New York and Florida for built-in redundancy. Fiber optic technology provides the fastest wired service available, with gigabit and higher speeds possible. For reference, 1,000 megabits (Mb) = 1 gigabit (Gb).

viNGN continues its ongoing recovery efforts, restoring network connectivity to benefit several local ISPs, while maintaining more than twenty (20) free public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands. To find hotspots, follow our restoration progress and discover partner ISPs, visit http://www.viNGN.com.

 

 

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About vingn

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant made by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia. The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). For more information regarding viNGN, call (340) 715-8581, or visit www.vingn.com.

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