LIME’s Virgin Islands (UK) general manager Sean Auguste has announced that the cellco’s long-awaited HSPA+ network has gone live, commenting: ‘This is not a test, 4G is here and LIME is proud to be the first company to offer this technology’. Despite branding its new data network ‘4G’, LIME’s infrastructure actually supports HSPA+ technology, which is capable of offering download speeds of 21.1Mbps. The pan-Caribbean operator inaugurated its first HSPA+ network in the Cayman Islands in August 2011, which was followed by an additional launch in Barbados in November 2011.
In March this year Mr Auguste was forced to apologise for a spate of network outages and dropped calls; he told the local press that the troubles were a direct result of the cellco making the transition to HSPA+. In the Virgin Islands (UK) LIME competes with fellow regional giant Digicel and local mobile operator CCT Wireless.