Digicel Cayman Island, the country’s second largest cellco in terms of subscribers, is reportedly planning to commercially launch its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on 6 December 2013, with exclusive access provided to participants in its ‘Early Adopter’ LTE programme from 29 November to 5 December, local news agency Cayman Compass reports. According to the article, Digicel has upgraded all of its cell sites to support the technology, with 99% of the population in Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands currently covered by the network. Early Adopter subscribers can pre-purchase devices and sign up for a plan at a Digicel outlet, with activated devices to be delivered on 6 December 2013. Rival cellco LIME is also rumoured to be planning a launch of its 4G LTE network in December.
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2013 LIME Cayman won two of the three 700MHz spectrum blocks earmarked by telecoms regulator the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) for the provision of LTE services in the country, effectively leaving Digicel empty-handed. LIME was granted 2×24MHz frequency blocks in the 700MHz band as follows: 2×12MHz paired blocks in the 704MHz-710MHz/734MHz-740MHz band, and 2×12MHz paired blocks in the 710MHz-716MHz/740-746MHz band. However, in September 2013 Digicel announced that it had been awarded a 20MHz LTE-suitable frequency block, also in the 700MHz band.