The Kanawa subsea cable which links the French Guiana with Martinique and Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean was launched by Orange in January 2019. The two pair fibre system is 1,746km in length and has been upgraded to provide up to 10 terabyte per second to users. This increased high-speed connectivity is expected to meet the rapid growth and demand for digital services in the Caribbean region.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).