· Users in 12 Caribbean territories will benefit from state-of-the-art technology and improved services, with particular benefits for smartphone users
· The new mobile broadband network includes RBS 6000 base stations, an energy-efficient compact site solution that supports multiple cellular network standards
LIME, the Caribbean arm of the Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) group, has announced that it will modernize its mobile network in 12 different territories in the Caribbean. Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) will facilitate this modernization by deploying its latest core network and multi-standard radio base stations RBS 6000, enhancing the capabilities of LIME's network. Thanks to this, improved mobile broadband services will be provided for users in Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Turks and Caicos.
The CWC group provides mobile services on all of the Caribbean islands, meaning that all islanders across the region who are LIME customers will benefit from the network modernization, enjoying fast and seamless connections on their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Furthermore, people traveling to the islands for business or on holiday will benefit from the latest mobile broadband services and fast internet access they would expect from any metropolitan network.
LIME's CEO, David Shaw, says: "An important part of our mandate is to ensure that the Caribbean is served by the most modern telecoms technology available and that our consumer, enterprise and carrier customers have access to world-class services. We know Ericsson can deliver this for us.
"Ericsson will vastly improve our mobile network and give our customers the exceptional experience they deserve. The new Ericsson technology will also reduce our energy consumption, which will have a positive impact on the environment."
Martin Roos, Head of Ericsson in the Caribbean, says: "We are pleased to become LIME's main supplier for mobile broadband in the Caribbean. With the latest technology from Ericsson, LIME will be able to roll out new advanced services and join the smartphone global boom. With IP-centric network architecture, LIME will have the ability to respond to the fast-changing business models we see today."
The contract, which includes network design, rollout and professional services, will pave the way for LIME to migrate its network to an all-IP architecture; improve coverage, capacity and quality; and prepare for a smooth introduction of HSPA Evolution and LTE. HSPA Evolution technology providing 21 Mbps will be introduced in the Cayman Islands in the first phase of the modernization process, with the rollout to additional markets planned for later this year.
Notes to editors:
LIME is the Caribbean's largest telecommunications company with a proud history in the region, and which is always working to improve life in the Caribbean. LIME delivers the very best communication services to governments, businesses and families in 13 Caribbean countries with one unifying promise - building, connecting and serving communities. LIME is part of Cable & Wireless Communications PLC, one of the world's leading communications companies.
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