Flow has announced the simultaneous launch of LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE) technology across the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The 4G network, which supports download speeds of up to 35Mbps, is available on a broadly nationwide basis. Meanwhile, the LTE-A network covers Road Town, Spanish Town, Tortola and Beef Island from launch, and is capable of delivering downlink transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps. Would-be users require a new LTE SIM card – available for free at Flow retail branches – and a 4G-capable handset to access the new service.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 16 August 2016 the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the BVI awarded local mobile operators Flow, Digicel and CCT Wireless spectrum in the 700MHz, 1900MHz and AWS-1 (2100MHz/1700MHz) bands, following the conclusion of its ‘Spectrum Award 2016’ process. The TRC noted that each of the three operators was successful in terms of securing either its first or second spectrum preference.