On 20 November, LIME (Cable & Wireless) Antigua and Barbuda launched a fully mobile 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country, claiming a ‘first’ for the Caribbean region. The new network, supplied and installed by Sweden’s Ericsson, boasts 100% coverage from launch and will provide LIME customers with enhanced mobile data services as well as improving overall network capacity. The network first – the launch of advanced wireless services (AWS) – has been made possible via an ongoing XCD37 million (USD13.8 million) upgrade in Antigua and Barbuda, carried out by the parent group under a wider, USD1.05 billion investment programme, dubbed Project Marlin. The 4G network supports a range of smartphones, including the Apple iPhone6 Samsung S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note. Commenting on the 4G launch, LIME general manager Davidson Charles said: ‘The launch of 4G LTE in Antigua and Barbuda sets our country apart as one of the best connected and best served countries not just in the Caribbean but anywhere in the world. High Definition (HD) video will be available without buffering as soon as customers click on a website. The freedom, speed and functionality that 4G LTE delivers is immense. We have invested significantly to meet our commitment to deliver a world class mobile data and voice experience to our customers’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2012 LIME rival, Digicel’s local unit, announced the launch 4G LTE wireless services using 700MHz spectrum, but only marketed as a fixed/nomadic broadband alternative rather than a true mobile offering.