The official launch of e3’s new Digicel 4G LTE service 4 Yachts took place on the opening day of the 51st Antigua Yacht Charter Show.
e3’s MD Roger Horner commented: “It will improve the quality of communications for every type of yacht, owner, guest and crew. It is very fast, has massive data limits with no excess charges and covers all the main yachting locations. The contracts are for one and six months and are extremely good value.”
The 4G LTE service will enable users to:
- Watch streaming live video on tablet, PC or MAC with no buffering.
- Watch multi-channel IPTV in HD.
- Get instant response time for email, Internet, social networking, Skype and Facetime
- Download newspapers, movies, photos and manuals.
- Help owners, guests and crew keep in touch with business and home instantly.
- Stay connected, both at anchor and on the dock
The service is running in all the main yachting locations in Antigua and the maximum speed achieved in tests has been well over 25Mbps. The monthly maximum data limits are set to 100GB per month for a 6 month contract and 75GB per month for a monthly contract. There is a fair access policy that reduces the data speed for the rest of the billing month should these limits be exceeded but even with this reduced speed the internet will be faster than normal 3G services.
Although Antigua is the first and only Caribbean island with a superfast 4G LTE network, Digicel also has 4G HSPA+ networks in a number of other Caribbean islands. All the equipment supplied for the 4G LTE 4 Yachts service will also run the older 4G services in the other islands.
Antigua is fast becoming the hub of Caribbean communication innovation and e3 have committed to help enhance the technical education of youngsters in Antigua by providing work experience. In addition e3 will donate a contribution from each Contract to the GATE initiative of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. The Government Assisted Technology Endeavour is rolling out 4G LTE to schools and colleges to give students access to the most advanced broadband internet technology available today.