LIME (Cable & Wireless) Antigua and Barbuda has announced that its W-CDMA/HSPA+ 3.5G mobile network is now available nationwide, thanks to an initial XCD35 million (USD13 million) investment in high speed broadband by the company. At launch, LIME’s local unit is offering existing customers and new users signing up to the service ‘two months of double data’ if they take one of its new ‘4G’ branded data plans. Further, as the sole authorised distributor of Apple devices in the country, LIME is offering the iPhone 5S and iPad Air at a special introductory price of XCD1,499 and XCD1,599 respectively – a saving of 50% on the recommended retail price. LIME will continue to offer its existing services based on 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE technology, which will help provide ‘seamless’ mobile data coverage, according to its press release.
Commenting on the HSPA+ launch announcement, LIME’s corporate communications manager, Shand Merchant, said: ‘Customers with data-capable phones will immediately notice an improvement with faster speeds up to the optimum level of their devices. LIME’s new 4G network in comparison to the other mobile networks will be available everywhere in Antigua and Barbuda. Our new 4G network means that they can now realise the full potential of their handsets. There is a huge demand for mobile data and this upgrade will not only help us to improve the customer’s experience, but to also better meet that demand as more customers move to smartphones, tablets and other data-capable devices.’
Furthermore, LIME is upping its investment in Antigua and Barbuda this year with a view to launching a new Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network in October 2014. The 4G LTE network rollout is designed to support the government’s objective to improve access to the internet and online resources in the country and position Antigua as a technology hub in the region. The carrier’s announcement means that it will join rival Digicel (Antigua and Barbuda) which reportedly launched its own LTE network in November 2012.