Barbados: Digicel Switches On Barbados' First 4G LTE Network

Last Updated: 10 November 2016
Article by Invest Barbados

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 Barbados.

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 economic growth."

Source: The Barbados Advocate

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