LIME Turks & Caicos has commercially launched a mobile 4G LTE network, joining rival Digicel in the 4G market on the islands. UK-backed LIME, the largest full-service telecoms group in Turks & Caicos, confirmed the LTE launch was the third in the LIME-branded Caribbean footprint, and was implemented with Ericsson, providing ‘close to 100% coverage across Provo [Providenciales], Grand Turk and South Caicos as well as higher capacity with enhanced mobile data services’. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Digicel gained a headstart on LIME in the 4G market in March this year with the launch of its LTE network initially covering 94% of the Turks & Caicos population.
The upgrade to mobile 4G LTE is part of the ongoing USD10 million upgrade launched by LIME Turks & Caicos late last year under parent Cable & Wireless Communications’ (CWC’s) investment programme ‘Project Marlin’, which is valued at USD1.05 billion. In a press release on its local website, LIME Turks & Caicos’ general manager Delleriece Hall said: ‘The launch of 4G LTE in Turks and Caicos will set our islands apart as some 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.’ Hall promised LTE data speeds of ‘up to 35Mbps’ on smartphones, while LIME has simultaneously introduced a range of new data plans and special prices on LTE-capable handsets.
The island nation’s Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communications, George Lightbourne, was quoted as saying: ‘This investment in 4G LTE by LIME will undoubtedly unlock further opportunities for new business development, self-entrepreneurship and employment growth. Moreover, it is an important step in continuing the journey towards creating a highly skilled knowledge based society.’