Bermudan mobile operator Bermuda Digital Communications (BDC), which operates under the brand name CellularOne, has reportedly selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to supply and install an HSPA+ upgrade on its national network. Under a three-year deal NSN will provide end-to-end radio access, core network and operational support systems, as well as providing network optimisation, network monitoring, and other related services. Commenting on the deal, CellularOne chief operating office Frank Amaral said: ‘With data use on the rise because of the popularity of smartphones and other 3G capable devices such as the iPad, CellularOne continues to evolve its network capabilities in order to provide the consumer with the best user experience possible on these mobile devices.’ After using NSN in May 2009 to roll out its new 3G network, CellularOne has again picked the Finnish vendor for the latest network upgrade. No financial details of the latest contract were disclosed.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, BDC was awarded its Public Telecommunications Services licence on 17 July 1998, allowing it to provide wireless voice and data services. It rolled out an AMPS network commercially in July 1999, and upgraded to time division multiple access (TDMA) in January 2001. In 2003 it added a CDMA2000 1xRTT overlay and in June 2004 called on Lucent (now Alcatel-Lucent) — via its associate Commnet Supply — to deploy CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology over its network. As part of the agreement BDC upgraded its Lucent Flexent base stations to the higher speed technology. EV-DO services were launched commercially in April 2005 with island-wide coverage, and in November 2006 CellularOne completed the upgrade of its wireless data network to the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A standard, using equipment again supplied by Lucent.