Bermuda Digital Communications (BDC), which operates in Bermuda under the brand name CellularOne, will launch a new video calling service on its upgraded 3G network at the end of this month, local newspaper The Royal Gazette reports. CellularOne’s chief operating officer Michael Leverock told the paper the upgrade would also allow the cellco to deliver high speed internet access to users’ handsets. The COO added that the capacity and speed offered by the network would allow for the use of high-end smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 3G, Sony’s Z780 and the Nokia E71.
CellularOne launched its first 3G service in 2003 and has since upgraded its infrastructure twice. In April 2005 it announced the commercial launch of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO services. Marketed under the name ‘ONE@home’, the service was available to customers throughout the island. In November 2006 CellularOne upgraded its wireless data network to the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A standard, using equipment again supplied by Lucent. As a result of the latest improvements, the cellco is able to offer a maximum downstream connection of 3.6Mbps, Leverock said. The company has invested USD7 million in the new network, which it expects to launch at the end of the month.