Internet providers ready for Verzuz battle

May 22, 2020
Dancehall legends Bounty Killer (left) and Beenie Man.

With only a few hours to go before dancehall legends Beenie Man and Bounty Killer go head-to-head on the sound clash edition of the widely popular Verzuz battle, pressure is mounting on Jamaica’s leading Internet service providers to deliver a seamless connection that will see the face-off go down uninterrupted. Social media users are concerned that with the clash expected to pull unprecedented numbers, Digicel and FLOW will not be able to handle the online traffic. But representatives of both companies are seeking to reassure the public that there is nothing to worry about.

In an email correspondence sent to THE WEEKEND STAR, Rohan Pottinger, Digicel Jamaica’s chief technical officer, expressed that with stay-at-home orders having been implemented by the Government from early March, the company had already made the necessary adjustments to handle increases in Internet usage.

“As a provider of essential services to the public, we have a duty of care to keep our network running at peak performance, no matter what. Indeed, in a time like this, the services that we provide to customers could not be more vital or more needed. That said, we’re taking the bandwidth demands of our customers very seriously and doing everything we can to prepare our business and prepare ourselves,” he said.

Pointing out their recent success in delivering the Digicel Unplugged online concert series, Pottinger says the company, with the expansion of its bandwidth, is more than capable of handling the Verzuz show.

FLOW’s Kayon Mitchell, senior manager of communications for the northern Caribbean, told THE WEEKEND STAR that FLOW understands the kind of connectivity needed to facilitate a seamless musical experience, and that the company is looking forward to doing its part to deliver such.

Epic Adventure

“FLOW joins the fans of Beenie Man and Bounty Killer in looking forward to this epic music adventure. We applaud the innovation in keeping fans entertained and are mindful that the experience relies, in no small part, on connectivity,” she wrote in an email. “We are ready to facilitate this fantastic display of our culture and look forward to seeing this side of our musical legacy highlighted on the global stage.”

The Verzuz Instagram page has more than 500,000 followers. That number is said to be rising as word spreads of the impending Bounty-Beenie showdown.

The biggest battle to be streamed from the Instagram platform thus far has been the Babyface vs Teddy Riley showdown which got four million viewers.

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