UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has reportedly inked a deal with Swedish vendor Ericsson, which will see the latter modernise mobile infrastructure for CWC’s subsidiaries in twelve Caribbean countries. According to a press release issued by Ericsson, it will deploy its latest core network and multi-standard radio base stations RBS 6000 for LIME, the Caribbean arm of CWC, which governs operations 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 contract meanwhile also includes network design, rollout and professional services, which it is claimed 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 (HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE)’. It was noted that HSPA+, offering downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps, is expected to be introduced in the Cayman Islands during the first phase of the network modernisation process, with rollout of the technology due to take place in ‘additional’ markets later in 2011.
Commenting on the development, LIME’s CEO, David Shaw, noted: ‘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, meanwhile 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.’