Digicel Jamaica has announced the launch of its ‘4G’ HSPA+ network, which it claims is available to 80% of the population. To coincide with the launch, Digicel has introduced a new series of data oriented tariffs dubbed ‘Surf, Stream and Share’ and a discount of up to 50% on HSPA+ capable handsets. The cellco’s new post-paid offerings range from JMD1,500 (USD16.79) per month for 1GB of data usage to JMD5,000 per month for 7GB; additional downloads are charged at a rate of JMD10 per MB. Pre-paid offerings are available for one, seven or 30 days, with data limits of 500MB-3GB for between JMD100 to JMD2,750.
Commenting on the new service, CEO of Digicel Jamaica Mark Linehan said: ‘This is the fastest speed available island-wide and it’s [going to] change the telecommunications landscape yet again and up the ante.’ As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Digicel’s sole competitor, LIME Jamaica launched its own HSPA+ network (also referred to as ‘4G’ by the cellco) in March this year, albeit with coverage limited to key business and residential zones.