Caribbean operator LIME has announced plans to launch 4G LTE mobile data services in the island territory of Antigua & Barbuda.
LIME, a Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) subsidiary, has been awarded radio spectrum for the new services as part of a government programme to improve technology access and education.
CWC already offers 4G LTE mobile services in the Caribbean territories of Bahamas and Cayman Islands in addition to services in Monaco. The LTE network will support the Government’s objective to improve access to the internet and online resources in the country.
LIME is also sponsoring Antigua and Barbuda’s ground-breaking Human Entrepreneurship and Assistive Resource Technology (HEART) development programme. The HEART programme will improve the lives of Antiguans through better access to and training in technology. It will focus on improving the care and services provided to the country’s disabled and most vulnerable citizens as well as fostering more active use of technology by entrepreneurs, developing businesses and Government departments.
Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor, Minister for Telecommunications, Science and Technology in Antigua and Barbuda said “We are delighted that LIME has decided to invest in Antigua and Barbuda and introduce world-class mobile data services. It is important to our Government that no-one is left behind as our technology moves forward. We are therefore pleased that LIME is also working with us on the HEART project that will improve access to and understanding of technologies for thousands of people.”
The new 4G LTE services will improve mobile data services available to customers. LIME has announced that download speeds will increase by more than 50 times, opening the path to music and video streaming services on compatible mobile devices. Martin Roos, CEO for LIME’s Caribbean region, said “We are pleased to announce that we will be investing in a new LTE mobile network, which will significantly improve the mobile service our customers receive. This new network will also provide a strong underpinning for all of the elements of the HEART programme, and ensure Antigua is well positioned as a technology hub.”
In February this year LIME reported it had entered into a multi-year agreement with Jinny Software to provide managed services across its caribbean operations including those in Antigua and Barbuda.
The agreement provides enhanced and secure services for subscribers.