To mark the 50th Anniversary of Independence, Digicel (Barbados)
Limited is going into overdrive with the launch of the first 4G LTE
network on the island.
This launch is the latest phase of an over $50 million
investment in its infrastructure in recent months, which included
the expansion of Digicel's network with 12 new sites and the
nation's first full fibre to the home network.
The LTE network is now live in parts of Bridgetown and is set to
deliver lightning fast mobile Internet speeds never before seen in
The LTE network was officially switched on by National Hero and
Digicel Brand Ambassador, the Right Honourable Sir Garfield Sobers,
and Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Barbados, Conor Looney;
while Sir Garry was also the first Barbadian to experience
superfast Internet speeds before anyone else in the country using
his LTE handset.
"Barbados has been anticipating the launch of 4G LTE, and
we are pleased to be the first to switch on this superior service.
We're focused on always delivering the most advanced
technologies to our customers and the activation of the LTE network
in Barbados is another major step in this direction," declared
Chief Executive Officer of Digicel, Conor Looney at the ceremony to
switch on the new service.
"We would like to add that none of this could have been
possible without the support of the Government of Barbados, through
the Ministry of Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications, as well as
that of the Telecommunications Unit."
The project officially got the green light from Digicel's
Chief Speed Officer, Usain Bolt, after successful speed tests over
the network, and many Digicel customers now have the opportunity to
test drive the island's first LTE experience.
Looney added, "Barbados' fastest network just got
faster and we are rapidly increasing the number of Digicel
customers experiencing the service, and are committed to updating
everyone as we deliver coverage right across the country."
4G LTE is the very latest in mobile technology, capable of
delivering more mobile data at the fastest speeds to connect the
growing range of Internet-enabled devices. Digicel's world
class service brings High Definition streaming to mobile devices so
customers can enjoy the sharpest picture quality, making buffering
a thing of the past. Digicel 4G LTE means faster surfing,
streaming, sharing and faster responses when navigating apps
– allowing customers to do even more with even faster access
to the Internet for both leisure and business.
The activation of this network is yet another first-to-market
for Digicel and a significant investment designed to equip Barbados
with the most modern world class communications and entertainment
infrastructure and service.
Looney concluded; "This new service can be accessed via 4G
LTE-enabled handsets in a growing number of locations around
Barbados. Customers may have to adjust their device settings to
take advantage of the very latest in technology. Our ambition is to
continue to work with the Government of Barbados to improve the
country's rate of Internet penetration, a key driver of
Source: The Barbados Advocate
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