See, the local telecom infrastructure is so erratic that just getting consistent dial-up access is a novelty. DSL access is offered, but it's hardly reliable. Phone lines can be down for two weeks out of every month, said one manager at an Internet Caf?? that I visited.
It's here, in the places like the wetlands of St. Lucia, where satellite still wins hands down -- at least for the near term. Round trip times may take for ever. Internet access might slow to a crawl when the sky's overcast, but at least there's SOME access.
St. Lucia though isn't alone. Most ajor company has offices in locations where weeds seem to grow in the telecom cables. While vendors and pundits may hype a telecom future propelled by high-speed, wireless access fed by a dreamy-eyed optical core, St. Lucia and similar locations, form IT's biggest challenge. How well your provider can address those niggling offices is the real question.