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LIME ANTIGUA & BARBUDA LAUNCHES EASTERN CARIBBEAN’S FIRST MOBILE 4G LTE NETWORK

St. John’s, Antigua, 20 Nov 2014 – LIME Antigua and Barbuda launched the fastest and most advanced 4G network in Antigua & Barbuda and the first AWS mobile LTE network in the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday, November 20.

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a ‘fourth generation’ (4G) mobile service which will enable the company’s customers to access mobile data at far higher download speeds than previously available. Browsing the internet, downloading files and streaming videos will become almost instantaneous for 4G (LTE) customers.

The 4G LTE network, which was deployed by Ericsson, boasts 100% coverage across Antigua & Barbuda as well as higher capacity with enhanced mobile data services.

The upgrade to mobile 4G LTE is part of the ongoing EC$37M dollar upgrade across Antigua & Barbuda under the umbrella capital investment programme, called Project Marlin which is valued at US$1.05 Billion.

LIME’s General Manager Davidson Charles said “The launch of 4G LTE in Antigua & Barbuda sets our country apart as one of the best connected and best served countries not just in the Caribbean but anywhere in the world. High Definition (HD) video will be available without buffering as soon as customers click on a website. The freedom, speed and functionality that 4G LTE delivers is immense. We have invested significantly to meet our commitment to deliver a world class mobile data and voice experience to our customers.”
LIME’s 4G LTE will allow smartphone users to fully unleash the power of their smart devices and comes just after the only authorised carrier in the English-speaking Caribbean of the Apple® iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched the sale of the devices in stores across the region for the Christmas holiday season. The latest iPhones are considered globally as the most sought-after smartphones to hit the market in recent times. The company also offers a wide array of other LTE-enabled handsets at very affordable prices including the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Ace 4. The launch of LIME’s mobile 4G LTE services positions Antigua and Barbuda on par with the gold standard for mobile data anywhere in the world.

Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology Melford Nicholas said “This investment in 4G LTE by LIME will undoubtedly unlock further opportunities for new business development, self-entrepreneurship and employment growth. Moreover, it is an important step in Antigua & Barbuda’s journey towards creating a highly skilled knowledge based society”
Shand Merchant Marketing and Communications Manager at LIME said “We value innovation and embrace excellence in the services we offer our customers; we have made a huge effort to deliver an unbeatable mobile data customer experience. This will revolutionise the opportunities available to both consumers and businesses in Antigua and Barbuda.”

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