Spectrum Goes International

Frank Gray of the Journal Gazette published an article on May 29, 2016 regarding Spectrum's most recent project -- designing and serving as project manager for a fiber optic network in Georgetown, Guyana.
"Spectrum, which operates in 10 states, has entered the international scene, engineering fiber optic networks for Bermuda, and last month the company was hired to plan and design a fiber optic network for Georgetown, Guyana, and serve as project manager.  The job entails some challenges the company hasn't faced before.  it has to do everything from map the location of poles and addresses of buildings and, using that information, create a design with all the details needed to build a fiber optic system.
"...in 2012, the company was approached by Bermuda to design a fiber optic network in the capital that was affordable to small businesses.  [Scott] Bowles [President] said he would have laughed if 'you would have told me five years ago we'd be working in Bermuda.' Now his company is working in Guyana.
"International jobs have their challenges.  In some places you can't rent a car.  hotel Prices skyrocket during the tourist season.  there are logistical challenges getting materials to the sites.  In Guyana, mapping information needed to build a database to design the system in all on paper.  Also the country doesn't have much money, so margins are thin.  'Buy projects like this will help Spectrum build Guyana's economy,' Bowles said.
" 'Internationally, more opportunities for small engineering firms will emerge, said Ellen Satterwhite, a spokeswoman for the Fiber to the Home Council. 'It's the gold standard we're all headed for.  Broadband is not a luxury.  To be part of the global economy you have to have connectivity.'
"Bowles said more opportunities are coming, including ones in Aruba and other islands and even towns in the Amazon, as well as some other jobs he says he can't talk about yet."