In a press release, Ericsson and C&W Communications (C&W) have announced the successful completion of a Gigabit LTE trial in Antigua and Barbuda, and begun testing a ‘pre-5G’ network under C&W’s residential brand name, Flow. The Swedish vendor’s Gigabit LTE solution was tested in C&W’s live network, where features such as carrier aggregation (CA), 4×4 MIMO and 256QAM higher order modulation were used to maximise data speeds for wireless broadband subscribers. John Reid, CEO of CWC, said: ‘This trial is the next step for us to provide enhanced LTE, and eventually 5G, through an evolved network with the latest technologies across the region. Currently, Flow offers an average of 3Mbps to 5Mbps fixed wireless services using WiMAX technology; with our pre-5G LTE-Advanced services, we will be able to offer services with an average of 30Mbps to 50Mbps.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July this year CWC, working in partnership with parent company Liberty Global, said it was forging ahead with its next generation rollout, with John Reid noting: ‘Antigua will be the first country in the region with the most advanced pre-5G network, delivering download peak speeds of up to 800Mbps’. Furthermore, from October this year CWC will further test a 5G prototype network designed to deliver wireless data connections above 2Gbps. If the trials are successful, and the business case favourable, it plans to invest another USD5 million in Antigua alone to significantly upgrade the wireless infrastructure there. CWC has invested USD1.5 billion in the region over the last three years.