Digicel Trinidad and Tobago, which launched its long-awaited LTE network in July 2018 using the 700MHz and 2100MHz bands, expects to achieve a nationwide 4G footprint by November. Newly appointed CEO Jabbor Kayumov told Newsday that the cellco seeks to deploy 100 additional cell sites over the next 45 days, complementing its 300 existing LTE base stations. Mr Kayumov told the publication that Digicel already has over 100,000 LTE users.
If the CEO’s figures are accurate, it means that Digicel’s Trinidadian unit is outperforming its more established rivals in terms of 4G uptake. In a recent presentation to investors, however, Irish-owned Digicel Group noted that only 4% of its customer base is using LTE networks, despite the company having invested heavily in its deployment. Digicel added that, in markets where it does have a 4G network, only 56% of customers are using smartphones and only one-third of those are 4G-enabled. As such, Digicel is committed to revamping its data packages to drive uptake. Panama – another 2018 LTE launch market – was named as a market where Digicel has experienced some success, claiming 10% LTE penetration since the service’s introduction in June.
The report – by the Irish Independent – added that Digicel’s quarterly revenue for the period ended 30 June 2018 slumped 6% to USD565 million, while quarterly EBITDA dropped 2% to USD249 million. In operational terms Digicel Group added some 110,000 subscribers, to take its total user base to 13.9 million at end-June.