LIME flips on 4G within 2 weeks

LIME flips on 4G within 2 weeks

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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LIME plans to commence its 4G mobile service within two weeks.

Chief Technology and Information Officer at LIME Walter Brown, made the disclosure yesterday while giving an update on the company's U$79-million ($8.7 billion) mobile network upgrade and expansion programme announced by its CEO, Garfield Sinclair last November.

A major shipment of LIME's upgrade equipment has reached the island, according to Brown in his address at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica's President's Breakfast Forum in New Kingston yesterday.

Starting next week, several LIME cell sites in Kingston and St Andrew will be switched over to the same ultra-fast 4G technology; delivering mobile data speeds of up to 21 Mbps. At the same time, the current phase of expansion will trek westward to switch on a significantly improved mobile data experience in Clarendon and Manchester.

On Monday, LIME's technical team made the first test call on the company's new 4G equipment in Mandeville, Manchester; a high-speed data test will also be initiated in preparation for switching on fast mobile broadband service in the central parish.

According to Brown, "this test represents a significant step towards delivering on our perpetual promise to always lead with the deployment of the most modern mobile technology for the Jamaican people."

LIME has experienced significant growth in mobile voice and data services, which has been nurtured by its strategy of providing customers with simple, affordable, value plans and easy access to a range of smartphones.

The landmark changes in the regulatory environment that led to the reduction in cross-network rates in May 2013 has also created a more favourable market environment which has further catapulted growth in mobile data usage by LIME's subscribers.

The full-service telecoms provider's multi-billion-dollar upgrade includes a technology roadmap for smoother capacity and feature upgrades in future to keep up with the growing demand for mobile data.

LIME's network upgrades will be completed by mid-2015, by which time all parishes across Jamaica will be 4G-enabled.

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