No Sure thing: cellco forced to delay mobile launch after supplier folds

18 Aug 2014

Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco) subsidiary Sure South Atlantic has announced that it has been forced to postpone the introduction of mobile services in Saint Helena due to problems with its suppliers, Connect St Helena writes, citing a press release from the provider. Sure cancelled the launch after its chosen supplier, Altobridge, went into receivership in May 2014 and subsequently ceased trading. The cellco held talks with other providers in an effort to stick to its previous plan of a 2014 launch, but the initial discussions indicated that it would not be able to keep to its deadline. Finding a silver lining in the delay, Sure noted that the new supplier would be able to provide a 3G solution, rather than the 2G network planned with Altobridge, enabling the cellco to offer high speed data services much earlier than previously anticipated. Further, the implementation of a 3G network would give the provider a ‘clear roadmap towards a possible move to LTE [Long Term Evolution]/4G mobile services, although this will be heavily dependent on the availability of cost-effective international capacity.’ Noting that the procurement process was ‘well underway’, Sure now expects to launch wireless services on the remote island in June 2015.

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha,Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), Sure St Helena & Ascension (formerly C&W),

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