DIGICEL LAUNCHES JAMAICA’S FIRST LTE NETWORK
Kingston, Jamaica – Thursday 9 June 2016: Jamaica’s largest and fastest network, Digicel, picked up significantly more speed with the switching on of its LTE network today – becoming the first mobile provider to introduce innovation that delivers record-breaking performance.
Packing speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G, Digicel LTE is now available in Kingston, St. Andrew and parts of St. James as the company begins a nationwide buildout of its Network for the Future across the country.
“This is the news Jamaica has been waiting for. We’re focused on always delivering the most advanced mobile network technology that fits our customers’ lifestyle and budget. The activation of our LTE network is a major step in this direction,” declared CEO of Digicel Jamaica, David Butler.
LTE is the very latest in mobile technology, capable of delivering more mobile data at the fastest speeds to connect the growing range of Internet-enabled devices, while running faster than some fixed broadband connections. This means everyone can do more with quicker downloads and uploads when navigating sophisticated mobile apps and enjoy no buffering while watching videos in High Definition and glitch-free live streaming of their favourite event – all while on the go.
The activation of LTE is another first-to-market for Digicel and is also a major plank of its Network for the Future commitment – an advanced multi-faceted technology investment designed to equip Jamaica with the most modern communications and entertainment infrastructure while improving the country’s rate of internet penetration.
To this, Butler commented, “It’s a significant milestone for Jamaica. We’ve invested in innovation that can empower consumers and businesses to reach a new potential as they explore, discover and unleash fresh possibilities online with LTE.”
Digicel is investing US$50 million (J$6 billion) to deploy LTE across Jamaica. This, in addition to the company’s overall investment of US$1 billion since 2001, sends the clearest signal that Digicel is committed to providing technology and innovation that supports Jamaica’s growth agenda; responds to the technology needs of businesses; and caters to the growing consumer demand for faster, more reliable internet connectivity.
With faster speeds come a fresh array of value-packed LTE SMART Plans for prepaid and postpaid customers. The company is set to launch its aptly named Live The Experience tour starting Friday (June 10) in the Corporate Area, giving customers live LTE speed demos and exciting offers. On top of this, Digicel is offering a wide range of affordable LTE-enabled smartphones - backed by award-winning 24x7 local customer care.
With over 2 million customers of which 1.3 million - and counting – are smartphone users, Digicel continues to see demand for fast mobile broadband Internet service skyrocket in Jamaica.
The Digicel LTE network is operating on the 700 MHz band - globally recognised as the best spectrum for deploying the technology because of its superior in-building coverage and wider signal reach when compared with similar frequencies.
Customers will be kept abreast of the rollout as soon as LTE airwaves are switched on in their parish.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Digicel Group is a leading global communications provider with operations in 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 15 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.