Rock Connect selects Nokia for FWA 4G rollout

31 Jan 2022

Jamaican 700MHz licence holder Rock Connect (formerly known as Rock Mobile) has selected Nokia to deploy an LTE-based fixed wireless access (FWA) network which will cover 95% of the population by 2025. The vendor says it will provide its complete solutions portfolio, delivering ‘a customised, digital and 5G-ready network’. Rock Connect seeks to provide broadband services in regions where fibre connectivity is not currently available.

Bruce Bowen, Chairman at Rock Connect, comment: ‘Rock Connect continues to lay the foundation of a reliable and advanced network, with the ability to rapidly deploy new services. We are focused on excelling at customer service. With an agile response to customer demands, we can provide broadband solutions and new opportunities to empower Jamaicans.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the company – then known as Rock Mobile – was selected to become Jamaica’s third mobile operator in May 2021. The newcomer is obliged to launch commercial operations within twelve months of the receipt of its licence (i.e. by May 2022). Further, the licence will specify the provision of 95% population coverage, and the company should be ‘fully operational’ within two years. The vacant 700MHz concession awarded to Rock Mobile comprises a 2×10MHz block of 4G-suitable spectrum and will be valid for 15 years. Rock Mobile was intended to replace ill-fated former 700MHz licensee Caricel, which operated between 2016 and 2020.

Jamaica, Nokia, Rock Mobile (incl. Rock Connect)