Digicel WIns LTE License in Turks and Caicos Islands
Published on: 22nd Feb 2013
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Digicel's Turks and Caicos Islands subsidiary says that it has been awarded a LTE license from the government.
The bidding too six months to complete as a two-stage process, and the company said that it has secured the 700Mhz spectrum for its LTE services.
Digicel's application best met the Commission's requirements, which among other things, required the applicants to state how/when they plan to roll-out LTE and to outline the benefits that the country should expect to receive from the planned roll-outs.
Digicel TCI said in a statement that it is the only mobile network to be awarded its preferred 700 MHz spectrum block (i.e. Lower B&C), submitted a bid that exceeded the deployment requirements set by the Commission, and it included a commitment to give back to the country by providing: a) free internet service to all public/government schools including both campuses of the Community College, b) subsidized 4G LTE devices and data bundles for all students and teachers in the country, and c) each public/government secondary and post-secondary school - including both Community College campuses - with a Digital Classroom ("the Classroom of the future") free of charge.
"We are proud that the Commission felt that our plans for the future of telecommunications in the Turks & Caicos Islands was the most exciting and technically advanced among all the carriers." stated Digicel CEO, E. Jay Saunders.