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Digicel Rolls Out New Broadband Service In Cayman Islands

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

16 October 2007


Digicel, the Caribbean's largest telecommunications provider, has announced the launch of its next-generation, personal broadband service, which is initially being rolled out in the Cayman Islands.

Digicel's Personal Broadband service employs standard based mobile WiMAX 802.16e technology, allowing users the freedom to connect anywhere they like.

With the launch of Digicel Broadband, the company is the first telecommunications provider in the Cayman Islands to offer next-generation Mobile WiMAX based on 802.16e technology. Digicel first made its foray into the market by offering fixed Wireless Broadband Voice, Data and Internet services to corporate customers in the Cayman Islands in December 2005, and in the Jamaican market in July 2006.

Digicel said that it will continue Personal Broadband Service roll outs in other markets deemed viable in the near future, in addition to building on its current fixed Wireless Broadband Voice, Data and Internet service offerings to corporate customers in the Cayman and Jamaican markets.

Digicel says that it is leapfrogging the mainstream broadband space by introducing a service that combines the quality of service and speeds of a landline offering with the ultimate convenience of wireless connectivity anywhere. Customers can move their modem to any location within Digicel's service area across the island and access the Internet at no extra charge. Digicel Broadband packages range in speed from 512kbps up to 4 mbps.

"Digicel is one of just a few mobile operators in the world to commercially launch an 802.16e ready network for personal broadband service. By choosing a standard-based technology, Digicel is driving innovation. As devices continue to evolve, we will strive to ensure our customers have access to the best services using cutting-edge technology," announced Digicel Group CTO Mario Assaad.

According to Digicel, Mobile WiMAX technology delivers wireless broadband data speeds and quality that exceed today's performance of 3G technology solutions, and opens the door to a new generation of consumer electronics devices. Leading device manufacturers have announced plans to have WiMAX-enabled devices such as laptops and PDAs in 2008.

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