25 Jan 2016
Digicel has launched Vanuatu’s first 4G LTE network, providing coverage to subscribers in the capital Port Vila. Daily Post Vanuatu cites the operator’s CEO, Mr Yaser Maher, as saying: ‘The licence the government has given us allows us to provide the people of Vanuatu with a world-class internet service … Since Cyclone Pam, we have been focused on rebuilding, investing and innovating.’ Customers with compatible devices can access the LTE network by swapping to a new SIM card while retaining their existing phone number. An LTE Mi-Fi (personal Wi-Fi hotspot), LTE modem and LTE router are also available to purchase, priced at VUV7,900 (USD68.7), VUV14,000 and VUV12,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, Chief Technical Officer at Digicel Vanuatu, Sajjad Ahmed, confirmed to TeleGeography that the LTE service was introduced on 20 January with ‘good coverage in Port Vila’s top residential areas and central business district.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Digicel – which competes with sole rival Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) in the mobile sector – launched a 2G network in June 2008, followed by a 3G service in December 2011. The operator held an estimated 89.9% of the wireless subscriber share at end-September 2015.