Choice Wireless has revealed that it has commenced the deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). The company expects to be able to offer LTE on the islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John, with connectivity in Saint Croix to follow. When fully deployed, the LTE network will operate across several dozen sites across the islands, Choice CEO Tony Shepherd noted. The company has already invested USD2.7 million in the network expansion, and plans to invest a further USD2 million to extend 4G to its entire user base.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, AT&T Mobility launched the USVI’s first LTE on 2 July 2013, with simultaneous 4G launches on Saint Thomas and Saint Croix. Meanwhile, Sprint’s 4G network went live in December 2013, again covering the two largest islands. AT&T in particular has remained proactive in improving its coverage, and in November 2014 it deployed/upgraded a total of 15 cell sites on Saint Croix and Saint Thomas, as part of its ongoing Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment programme.