Digicel confirms 16 November for HSPA+ launch

15 Nov 2012

Pan-Caribbean mobile group Digicel has confirmed that customers of its unit in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are likely to experience ‘4G’ connectivity for the first time within the next month. Discussing the long-gestating USD6 million rollout, Declan Cassidy, CEO of Digicel BVI, Declan Cassidy, added that geographical coverage of the territory is expected to reach approximately 95%, with population penetration approaching 85%. Questioned over the delay in bringing the HSPA+ service to market, Mr Cassidy said that Digicel was’ not in a rush to be first, but to be the best’.

Despite branding its imminent data network upgrade ‘4G’, Digicel is actually referring to an evolved high speed packet access (HSPA+) service, capable of offering theoretical maximum download speeds of 21.1Mbps. The Jamaica-based, Irish-owned mobile group has taken steps to expand its data services across the comparatively under-served Lesser Antilles region, with HSPA+ deployments in the likes of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (the so-called ‘ABC Islands’).

Virgin Islands (British), Digicel (BVI)