DIGICEL WITH GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA OPEN THE “GATE” TO LTE
Digicel just announced its partnership with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to launch a multi-million dollar project to introduce Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to Antigua and Barbuda.
Known as GATE (Government Assisted Technology Endeavour), this project is the largest Information Communications Technology (ICT) project ever undertaken in Antigua and Barbuda, and importantly, marks the first introduction of LTE technology into the Caribbean region by a mobile telecommunications solutions provider.
Through the partnership between Digicel, the Baldwin Spencer regime and the delivery of a world-leading 4G LTE network to students, would enable the GATE project to provide youth of Antigua and Barbuda direct access to the most advanced communications technology available today and this skills training will inevitably drive job creation.
The students will receive state-of-the-art tablet computers to be used as part of their day-to-day routine in school. This will place the students of Antigua and Barbuda at the forefront of education – making them the most technologically advanced student body in the region – and ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills required to allow them to maximise their potential and thus position Antigua and Barbuda as the ICT capital of the Caribbean.
Digicel CEO of Antigua and Barbuda, Victor Corcoran, comments; “Since our launch in 2001 in Jamaica, Digicel has been an integral part of the development of the region through the delivery of innovative and world-class telecommunications services that open up limitless opportunities for consumers.
He continues; “Digicel’s partnership with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda represents a deep and long-term commitment to building the human capital, inspiring an entrepreneurial spirit and ultimately nation-building. With the launch of the GATE project, students in Antigua and Barbuda will have the latest and fastest 4th generation mobile broadband technology available at their fingertips – making them the most technologically advanced student body in the region and increasing the competitiveness of the country in the global economy.”
Dr. Edmond Mansoor, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology, commented; “Digicel’s partnership with the Government in the deploying of 4G LTE technology reinforces Antigua’s position as an ICT leader in the entire Caribbean region. 4G LTE broadband Internet will leapfrog Antigua’s ICT revolution and enable every student and every person pursuing higher education to become globally competitive. Every sector in Antigua’s economy will benefit from the 4G LTE technology, and Government itself will leverage this new platform to modernise several services that it offers to the citizenry. Hundreds of people will also benefit directly from an ICT cadet training program. Antigua’s gate to the future is being opened with 4G LTE broadband technology“.