Ericsson will facilitate the modernization of LIME's mobile network in 12 different territories in the Caribbean by deploying its latest core network and RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations. Thanks to this, improved mobile broadband services will be provided for users in Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Turks and Caicos.
The contract with LIME, the Caribbean arm of the Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) group, which includes network design, rollout and professional services, will pave the way for the operator to migrate its network to an all-IP architecture; improve coverage, capacity and quality; and prepare for a smooth introduction of HSPA Evolution and LTE. HSPA Evolution technology providing 21 Mbps will be introduced in the Cayman Islands in the first phase of the modernization process, with the rollout to additional markets planned for later this year.
LIME's CEO, David Shaw, said, "An important part of our mandate is to ensure that the Caribbean is served by the most modern telecoms technology available and that our consumer, enterprise and carrier customers have access to world-class services. We know Ericsson can deliver this for us. Ericsson will vastly improve our mobile network and give our customers the exceptional experience they deserve. The new Ericsson technology will also reduce our energy consumption, which will have a positive impact on the environment."
Martin Roos, Head of Ericsson in the Caribbean, commented, "We are pleased to become LIME's main supplier for mobile broadband in the Caribbean. With the latest technology from Ericsson, LIME will be able to roll out new advanced services and join the smartphone global boom. With IP-centric network architecture, LIME will have the ability to respond to the fast-changing business models we see today."