Cable Bahamas Group Prepared in Advance of Tropical Storm Laura
Learnings from Hurricane Isaias deployed at both Aliv and REV operations.
Cable Bahamas COO, John Gomez assured subscribers and the public that the nation’s leading communications Company is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Laura as it tracks towards The Bahamas. “Our primary objective is to ensure the continuity of services across both Aliv and REV – mobile data and voice, cable TV, broadband/circuits, fixed-line voice and national data centers – during the passing of the tropical storm and the quick and efficient restoration of impacted services.”
According to Gomez, “The Company activated its business continuity plans from Friday, August 21, 2020 at 2pm, as the forecasted weather trajectory indicated a potential impact on the archipelago.”
The CBL Group emergency response protocol includes but is not limited to the following:
- Activation of CBL Command Centre.
- Implementation of communication plans to ensure effective communications with all customers and all key stakeholders.
- Ensuring that all key building facilities are secured.
- Distribution of essential equipment and materials to islands.
- Deployment of personnel to islands to expedite restoration of impacted network.
- Testing and servicing of standby and portable generators with surplus fuel stored onsite and arrangements in place with fuel operators for replenishing when required.
- Notifying key support contractors/vendors of approaching tropical storm Laura to be on standby to provide remote assistance if necessary.
- Activating contacts and protocols with NEMA, power companies and other agencies.
Gomez continued, “We have an extensive network that extends from Inagua in the southeast Bahamas to Grand Bahama in the northwest. We have only to look to the impact that Hurricane Dorian had on the country last year, in addition to the recent passing of Hurricane Isaias, to know how vital it is to remain prepared for any effect that a storm can have anywhere in our archipelago. Our technical and operational teams have met and are ensuring the efficacy and security to the Aliv and REV networks. Teams stand ready for any necessary deployment should the need arise and we will continue to work closely with NEMA, utility providers and our other agencies and partners during this period.”
The Company wishes to remind the general public that they can receive daily tropical storm Laura updates on the following media:
- OURNews channel 212
Founded in March 1995, CBL Group has grown from a cable TV service provider to become the first communications provider in The Bahamas to offer ‘triple play’ service. Today, the 100% Bahamian owned company is publicly listed on BISX with over 22,000 Bahamian shareholders. The network is comprised of 14 free-to-air broadcast systems, eight stand-alone cable TV systems and four triple play systems networked by submarine fibre. CBL Group is the only 100% Bahamian owned communications provider, delivering residential and corporate broadband internet, cable television and fixed line calling, to 99% of the Bahamian population, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. CBL Group is also the controlling shareholder in BeALIV Limited the second mobile licensee in The Bahamas and owns 48.25% of the common stock of the company. CBL Group is led by Franklyn A Butler II – the first Bahamian Group CEO & President.