There is a new player emerging in Haiti's telecommunications market, and on September 11th, 2011, they launched an extraordinarily ambitious venture to capture a market share. With lasting damage from the January 2010 earthquake, few regulations and endemic theft of public utilities, Haiti doesn't seem like the kind of place where broadband Internet would be viable.
Yet this is exactly what Natcom is doing: expanding Haiti's tiny fibre optic network with the goal of providing cutting-edge internet to urban and rural Haiti. Port-au-Prince's old, state-run landline system was destroyed beyond repair in the earthquake, leaving Haitians dependent upon mobiles and satellites. If successful, Natcom's fibre-optic network will make a massive difference to Haiti's communications landscape.