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Work on Digicel's superfast LTE data network is 90 per cent complete, the company said.

And a spokeswoman for Digicel said customers with compatible SIM cards, devices and plans will automatically be transferred to an LTE service with speeds up to ten times faster than the current system.

She added that, in addition to LTE being ready for the America's Cup, Digicel has also deployed temporary high-capacity cell sites in the West End of the island.

These will support continuity of service through the spiked demand for data and voice across the racecourse and event sites.

Robin Seale, Digicel CEO, said: “Improving the network has been a top priority for us.

“After years of lobbying the Regulatory Authority for a fair share of spectrum, Digicel finally secured the necessary bandwidth to proceed with LTE at the end of last year and I am delighted to say we are ready to launch later this month.”

Digicel has simultaneously been constructing Bermuda's first and only full “fibre to the home” and “fibre to the business” network.

Digicel said the installation of the network is also on schedule and is due to be completed by the end of the year.

It added that subscribers will have high-speed, reliable internet; a better TV experience, and high-quality internet phone service supported by fibre all the way to their homes with no loss of speed or quality. Mr Seale said: “The big benefit for customers is our fibre network won't be connected to the old copper network.

“We are building a brand new network of dedicated fibre cables that feed directly into customers' homes and businesses meaning no degradation of service.

“Digicel will have the island's only true continuous fibre network with cables transporting amazing superfast uninterrupted speeds directly to our subscribers.”

Cable guys: Digicel staff work on upgrading its network (Photograph supplied)
Tower of power: Superfast connections take a step closer as Digicel staff work on a network upgrade (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 09, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2017 at 10:20 am)

Digicel’s LTE upgrade 90% complete

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