Dominican mobile network operator Orange Dominicana is understood to be preparing to finally introduce 3G services according to local press reports. El Dia has claimed that as at the beginning of February 2010 the cellco’s users will be able to connect to the ‘Orange Net 3G+’, which will offer download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. Orange has also reportedly said that it will spend approximately USD25 million on introducing the service in 2010, and initially it is understood that the network will only be available in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Bavaro, although it will be extended to other areas of the country over the course of the next twelve months.
The news comes after a number of rumours in the Dominican press and from local bloggers that Orange had been testing 3G networks, although this is the first time the operator has officially announced any details of its plans for introducing third generation services. In November 2009 one source claimed that the operator was testing 3G services using both the 900MHz and 2100MHz bands, while a number of other Orange users last month reported noting 3G connectivity on their phones.