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September 13, 2011

LIME to modernise mobile network in Caribbean

Ericsson to deploy RBS 6000 base stations for new mobile broadband network in 12 territories  

By CBR Staff Writer

The Caribbean arm of the Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) group, LIME, will modernise its mobile network in 12 different territories in the Caribbean.

The company said that Ericsson will facilitate the modernisation by deploying its latest core network and multi-standard radio base stations RBS 6000.

The CWC group provides mobile services on all of the Caribbean islands.

The 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, said the company.

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.

LIME said that HSPA Evolution technology providing 21 Mbps will be introduced in the Cayman Islands in the first phase of the modernisation process, with the rollout to additional markets planned for later this year.

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All islanders across the region who are LIME customers will benefit from the network modernisation, enjoying fast and seamless connections on their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, said the company.

Furthermore, tousrists traveling to the islands will have the latest mobile broadband services and fast internet access they would expect from any metropolitan network, claims LIME.

LIME CEO David Shaw said an important part of the company’s mandate is to ensure that the Caribbean is served by the most modern telecoms technology available

"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," Shaw added.

Head of Ericsson in the Caribbean Martin Roos said, "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."

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