& Wireless Grenada Ltd. (formerly GRENTEL - Grenada Telecommunications
Limited) was formed in January, 1989 when the Grenada Government
sold 51% of its shares in the Grenada Telephone Company (GTC), which
managed the local networks, to the international carrier, Cable
& Wireless West Indies.
Both companies merged to form a joint venture established by the
Telecommunications Act of 1989. The Act gave the company exclusive
rights to provide telecommunications services in the country.
The Government in December of that same year sold to Cable &
Wireless an additional quantity of shares. This increased the Cable
& Wireless share holding to its current 70% with the government
Cable & Wireless West Indies Ltd. undertook a rebranding programme
in April 1998, which led to GRENTEL being renamed Cable & Wireless
The company's investment of more than EC$110 million over five years
has enabled an increase in the number of telephone lines from 7,500
in 1989 to now over 30,776 lines today. Telephone service is available
on demand island wide due to the implementation of a number of systems,
including a comprehensive computer system that links all aspects
of the company's operations. Also in place is a fibre-optic cable
ring around Grenada, which has increased the security of the network
and improved its ability to withstand man-made or natural disasters.
The company's main office is located on the picturesque Carenage
in Grenada's city, St.George's. One branch office is located on
the sister island of Carriacou - a small island located about 60
miles off the coast of Grenada; another is located in the South
of the Island, Mt. Hartman, Grand Anse. The company also has several
remote sites including Mt. St. Catherine and Fort Frederick in Grenada
and Mt. Royal in Carriacou.