Alcatel-Lucent has deployed a 4G LTE mobile broadband network for SETAR, a quadruple-play telecoms operator on the Caribbean island of Aruba. The deployment, the first of its type on the island, makes use of 20MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz frequency band to deliver high speed mobile services for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. SETAR has also deployed small cells in strategic locations around the island to increase indoor access to its 3G W-CDMA/HSPA network, it announced alongside the 4G launch release. SETAR adds that it aims to deliver world-class mobile broadband access to tourists and residents alike, throughout the island, including in-building coverage. Popular holiday destination Aruba is a 33km-long island in the southern Caribbean with a population of over 100,000.
Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solution deployment includes the ‘lightRadio’ LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Subscriber Data Manager systems, alongside lightRadio small cells adding capacity and coverage to SETAR’s existing 3G service.
TeleGeography says that SETAR launched 2.5G GPRS mobile data services in 2004, as well as a nationwide 3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network in 2007, before activating Aruba’s first W-CDMA/HSDPA network later that year in partnership with Alca-Lu. As reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2012 SETAR embarked on a project to upgrade the island’s international internet bandwidth when the consortium Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) project was launched, with the new submarine cable expected to be ready for service in the third quarter of 2014.