“This pre-5G trial in the Caribbean, is a significant step towards the evolution of C&W’s mobile networks across the region to 5G, and providing Gigabit speeds to our customers in Antigua”
John Reid, CEO of C&W Communications (C&W) at the 33rd Canto annual conference in the Dominican Republic on Monday July 17, 2017
On Monday July 17th, 2017 CWC (Cable & Wireless Communications), the telecom provider that Liberty Global controls, dropped something so monumental at the 33rd Canto annual conference in the Dominican Republic….that it makes LTE look like it’s not even tryin’!
CWC has successfully completed the region’s first trial of LTE-Advanced Pro or LTE-A Pro technology in Antigua and Barbuda a forerunner of 5G as described in 5G Networks with Renewable Energy, Fiber Optic Waveguides and AI.
The pre-5G technology trial, which was done at a cost of US$5 million paves the way to converting Antigua into the first country in the region with an LTE-A Pro network.
And the speeds?
As fast as 800 Mbp with lower latency, more capacity and improved reliability for customers, according to CWC. CWC is betting big on Antigua, with plans to sandbox the entire island by upgrading the island’s wireless infrastructure with another capital injection of US$5 million in this ambitious effort.
I’m truly blown away, especially as this is just a pre-trial 5G and not the REAL 5G. Truly, we must be living in the future as John Reid suggested, quote: “These are exciting times for C&W Communications, as we continue to invest and develop more pioneering innovations to meet the needs of our customers and enable growth in the region through transformative technology”.
By October 2017, they expect their next speed tests for the 5G prototype to reach peak speeds of 2 to 5 Gbps. So Barbados may have 4G LTE and unlimited Wi-Fi Streaming with FLOW WiFi as noted in FLOW WiFi tested in Barbados heralds Unlimited Wi-Fi Streaming. All a part of the Roadmap towards full 5G by 2020!
Antigua, however, represent where FLOW plans to go with Wireless Broadband internet.
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