Rock Connect has selected Nokia to deploy a 4G-LTE Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network in Jamaica.
The project aims to cover 95% of the population by 2025. Nokia was selected as the sole vendor in the deal, and will provide its complete solutions portfolio, delivering a customised, digital and 5G-ready network.
The new network will allow Rock Connect to offer a competitive alternative to existing fixed networks in terms of speed and capacity, with faster setup times. Additionally, broadband services will be available in regions where fibre connectivity is currently not.
Under the deal, Nokia will provide its latest AirScale product portfolio, designed for seamless, simple, and efficient ‘plug-in’ deployment and reduced power consumption. Nokia will also provide carrier aggregation with its Wavence portfolio, supporting future 5G backhaul use cases across different frequency bands.
The vendor will also deploy its Cloud Packet Core to deliver the flexibility, scale, capacity and performance needed to support the increasing number of users, devices and throughput, enabling Rock Connect to launch new competitive solutions and services to meet business and consumer needs.
Bruce Bowen, Chairman at Rock Connect, said: “Rock Connect continues to lay the foundation of a reliable and advanced network, with the ability to rapidly deploy new services. We are focused on excelling at customer service. With an agile response to customer demands, we can provide broadband solutions and new opportunities to empower Jamaicans.”
Osvaldo Di Campli, Head of Latin America at Nokia, said: “We hope to build the foundations for a long-term partnership with our best-in-class portfolio, enabling Rock Connect to enter new markets with broadband options for consumers and business in cities and connecting distant regions for the first time.”