Tropical Storm provides first test for new network in St. Lucia

High speed mobile data services are now available for the first time in St. Lucia via Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) subsidiary LIME St. Lucia. The operator turned on its new high speed mobile data network ahead of its planned commercial launch to enable customers to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Chantal which passed the island on Tuesday.

Access to services on mobile data-enabled devices like instant messaging, storm tracking apps and global positioning satellites could be essential for customers before, during and after tropical storms. High speed mobile data services will also enable customers to get faster access to games, video and mobile applications.

LIME previously offered limited mobile data services through its 2G Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) network. The new mobile data network uses 4G HSPA+ technology, enabling the company’s customers to attain download speeds of up to 10 megabits per second on smartphones and other data-enabled devices.

LIME St. Lucia General Manager, Chris Williams said: “We have rebuilt our mobile data network and rolled out a brand-new leading-edge 4G network, which we know is going to thrill our data-hungry customers.”

St. Lucia is the sixth Central/Latin American market in which C&W has upgraded to 4G (HSPA+) technology, the others being Panama, the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Barbados, and the British Virgin Islands.

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