Courts across Jamaica will be outfitted with free Wi-Fi come 2019, following the signing of a contract between the Ministry of Justice and Growth-Tech Limited at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on Friday, October 26.
Growth-Tech Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Neil Lawrence said the Wi-Fi service will be installed at no cost to the government to facilitate public use, as the service is not intended for the business side of courts.
The rollout is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019, Lawrence explained and will provide revenue for Growth-Tech from advertisements once persons are connected.
“This is just the first phase of fulfilling the company’s vision, which is to make connectivity in Jamaica like oxygen that is available to everyone, everywhere,” Lawrence said.
The company, which has been in existence since last year, signed a contract with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company to outfit their entire fleet with free Wi-Fi.
“We really are targeting areas where we would impact more people quickly, so obviously with the partnership with the Ministry of Justice we also get that opportunity to impact even more Jamaicans as a part of this rollout,” Lawrence said.
For his part, Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck hailed Friday’s signing agreement a step in the right direction to make courts more efficient.