Friday, September 4, 2009

BTL to run fiber optic cable to Ambergris Caye

Taken from San Pedro Sun Blog - Number 1 Island Newspaper

After holding an Environmental Impact Assessment consultation in San Pedro Town on August 19th Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) received the green light to run a fiber optic cable from the Maskall Village Coast line to Ambergris Caye. Once the consultation was held, approval closely followed after a meeting held by the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) last week. The project, which is expected to be executed during the 2010 dry season, will be implemented by Tunich Nah Consultants and Engineering of Belize City.
In speaking to The San Pedro Sun, Project Consultant Jose “Pepe” Garcia stated that the project will include the installation of approximately 18 miles of fiber optic cable. The cable would run some six to seven miles from Maskall Village to the mainland coastline on Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) light post. In addition some 12 miles of submarine fiber optic cable will be buried in sea bed running north of BEL underwater cable. The cable will come on the sea bed south of Cayo Espanto. There the cable will run underwater across the lagoon, through a trench coming on surface in South San Pedro Town in the San Pablo Area.
As to the disruption in the water bed, Garcia explained that it will be minimal. Garcia claimed that the cable will be buried in the seabed and a trench will be made across the lagoon since the water bed is mostly rocky. Garcia stated that the EIA for the project was approved last week after they received no objection from the residents of San Pedro Town. The installation of fiber optic cable is expected to improve the services of BTL on the island. The project will take some six months to be executed.

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