As Scilly gets web cable, Christian asks: how about St Helena?

The 2,200 British residents of the Isles of Scilly are to enjoy high-speed broadband from 2014, thanks to a £3.7 million scheme funded by bodies in the UK and Europe, reports Christian Von Der Ropp of the Connect St Helena campaign. Island councillor Mike Hicks said it would bring a more prosperous future, helping tourism, […]

Deal boosts dream of high-speed internet for St Helena

Hopes of bringing high-speed internet access to St Helena have been given a strong boost with reports of a contract deal. The plan involves connecting the island to an undersea cable that eFive Telecoms wants to lay between South Africa and Brazil. The company has now awarded a contract to supply nearly ten thousand kilometres of fibre […]

New Cable & Wireless deal heralds mobile phones

Mobile phone masts could soon be springing up across St Helena (except on the bits that are to have wind turbines). On Tuesday, 26 June 2012, executive councillors agreed the terms of a new telecommunications licence that should bring mobile phone technology to Jamestown, Half Tree Hollow and – who knows? – maybe even Sandy […]

‘Very high’ telecom charges prompt council debate

The “very high cost” of telephone and internet services in St Helena has been debated by its  executive council – as Cable & Wireless seeks to negotiate a new exclusive deal to provide telecoms on the island. The unscheduled discussion among councillors reflects discontent among islanders over the company’s monopoly, and the fees it charges. […]

Efforts continue on St Helena broadband

The campaign to divert an underwater internet cable via St Helena continues to attract publicity around the world. The latest report is on the Computer Active website, which compares the island with an English village. It quotes Julian Morris, chief executive for economic development on St Helena, who says: “There would need to be support […]

White Space: the broadband alternative for remote islands?

St Helena’s not the only remote island that can’t get broadband internet – but some of the more sparsely-populated outcrops of the British Isles may have found a way round the problem. It’s called “white space” (whatever that is), and so far it’s reaching just ten homes fitted with special aerials on the Scottish island […]

Internet cable for St Helena: ‘We’re interested’, says the Castle

The cost of connecting St Helena up to an undersea internet cable would be “very substantial”, according to the island government. It has confirmed that it is investigating the idea. But the man behind the Connect St Helena campaign has challenged a claim – from an unnamed source – that the price could reach $50 million. Christian von […]

Broadband campaign needs support, says Johnny

Expat Saint Johnny Clingham has expressed dismay on his blog that few people on St Helena have backed the campaign to secure high-speed broadband for the island. He fears islanders don’t understand what they’re missing. The entire island – population 4,000 – shares less than half the bandwidth found in many UK housesholds. Johnny has […]

Doctor at sea: life for Tristan’s only medic

Update on this story: the job of doctor on Tristan da Cunha has just been re-advertised. The advert seeks a medic with wide clinical experience from May 2012.  Dr Gerard Bulger runs the world’s most extreme single-handed medical practice, according to a magazine for general practitioners in the UK. The internet has transformed medical practice […]

Saints add voices to broadband campaign

Saint Helenians are being asked to add their weight to the campaign to secure a high-speed internet link for their island. Here’s one contribution on the campaign website, from Johnny Clingham, an island blogger now exiled to the UK: ‘I’m an IT engineer and I would love to return to my island to start an […]