Quantum seeks cell service go ahead
Quantum Communications, owned by LinkBermuda, is the second telecoms provider to request radio spectrum to launch a cell phone service.
Quantum said it wants to deploy a 4G LTE network because “it provides substantial performance improvements over previous mobile technologies, and offers the promise that connectivity and bandwidth will no longer be a barrier to realising the benefits of innovative, bandwidth intensive applications, products and services”.
The provider added: “4G LTE offers much higher bandwidth, lower latency, and improved spectrum efficiency. This allows more applications to be used on mobile platforms, faster sharing of large files and streaming media, and near immediate time sensitive data delivery.”
Quantum says it supports North Rock’s spectrum request made in March “save for the actual amount of AWS MHz spectrum North Rock requests”.
Internet provider North Rock merged with KeyTech’s Logic at the end of April.
“Specifically, we believe the North Rock spectrum requested amount is overly generous in terms of stating an amount of AWS spectrum North Rock technically needs to launch its mobile network,” Quantum said.
Quantum notes it has benefited from the input and experience of its Canadian sister company, Eastlink, which successfully launched a Canada-wide cellular business from the ground up.
“As such, we are fortunate to have access to Eastlink personnel with all of the relevant knowledge and practical firsthand experience to help analyse this market and its unique spectrum allocation issues as well as assist Quantum in the development of the technical and service requirements for launching a new wireless business in Bermuda,” Quantum said.
“Thus, the company respectfully requests the RA reject the North Rock Spectrum Request only in so far as the amount of AWS spectrum requested.”
The provider added: “Quantum is able to take full advantage of the international roaming agreements negotiated by Eastlink, thereby ensuring seamless inbound and outbound roaming services worldwide. This will yield benefits to our Bermuda-based subscribers as well as visitors to Bermuda, who will have access to top quality mobile voice and data services at very attractive roaming rates.”