Digicel launches “4G” Mobile and JA$2.89 Sweeter Deal in a bid for Prepaid Extinction

By now the news must have not only sunk in but also may have had you Digicel faithful jumping for joy. Digicel has lowered its On-Net and Cross-Network Calling rate as of Friday June 22nd 2012AD much to the delight of many Jamaicans according to The Jamaica Observer’s Vox Pop.  This was roughly a week after […]

How to Access LIME or Digicel’s 3G Internet using an unlocked Huawei E1556 Modem Dongle or Nokia Modem Dongle

By now you may have taken a gander and actually used the advice in my article How to Unlock your Huawei Modem to work on LIME 3G or Digicel and actually unlocked your Huawei E1556 Modem Dongle. This process may seem unnecessary to you, but keep in mind that the Huawei E1556 Modem Dongle, albeit […]

How to get 2G or 3G Internet on your Mobile Phone in Jamaica

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’re from another planet, you must be aware of the fact that you can get Internet on your Mobile Phone. That is, if it’s a smartphone, which actually makes you smarter as research by Online Student Assistance website StudyBlue reveals as cited in StudyBlue reveals Smartphones, Tablets […]

PS Vita – Great Hardware prospects for a mobile phone

Preorders for the PS Vita, the successor of the hugely popular Platstation Portable have already begun as the Vita officially hits stores in Australia, Europe, Latin and North America on February 22 2011. The PS Vita first announced June 6, 2011 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) officially launched in Japan and other parts of Asia on […]

Digital Video and Music Piracy – A Land grab for Taxes on the Internet

A buzz of excitement is in the air as everyone is making a push for 4G. Or at least what they suppose is 4G. Before I begin, it is good to note at this point, lest we forget, that these competing technologies are not yet 4G, as that seal of approval can only be bestowed by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), the Telecommunications arm of the UN (United Nations) which has indicated that WiMax and LTE, more specifically WiMax 2 (IEEE 802.16m), are indeed 4G, albeit not officially, according to the ITU. The ITU’s conditionality is simple: Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM), effectively the same signal multiplexing inherent in WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), a descendant of CDMA Networks and speed capability demonstrable in achieving 100MBps and higher, a criteria neither of these technologies can achieve when the 4G Data Network is loaded to capacity.

In the US of A, Sprint and Clearwire, with whom they have a partnership, is also pushing WiMaX (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access), a close cousin of Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) protocol developed by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and like GNU Open Source, is an Open Architecture standard, meaning that it has components and parts made by different manufacturers around a common Open Architecture among Equipment Vendors, a dream of mine personally as an electronics circuit construction aficionado and Telecommunications consultant, specifically in the area of provisioning Fiber Optics, Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Networks and Mesh Networks based on these two dissimilar technologies. Not to be outdone, AT&T and Verizon, both fierce competitors in the Broadband arena with their 3G as well as U-Verse and FIOS Fiber Optic Broadband services respectively announced a mere two (2) days later, to turn thing up a notch and push for higher speed in the Broadband by going LTE (Long Term Evolution). Read more about Digital Video and Music Piracy – A Land grab for Taxes on the Internet

Digicel Jamaica vs LIME Jamaica: Edge faceoff

I was able to use LIME’s edge network for a day and decided to compare it with Digicel’s which is the current champ. Since few people will use EDGE on a PC these days considering the price and the availability of 3G I did all tests on my trusty e71. The s60v3 family of smartphones lack a speed test application and the flash player in browser only supports up to flash 8, speedtest.net requires flash 9. This short coming forces me to use screenshots of the connection manager to display the speed but this shouldn’t be a big problem.

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Well as everyone might know, Digicel was the first network to offer edge with Claro and LIME subsequently following. Edge is a 3G ITU standard which is currently known as 2.75g since it lacks some features of UMTS, that is thought of as the first true 3G system. UMTS in itself is original 3G supporting all the 3G features such as simultaneous voice and data and a maximum data transfer rate of 384kbps uplink and 384kbps downlink. EDGE provides speeds in the region of 273kbps with 4 simultaneous timelots*, or in other words 4 different data lines adding up to one. I managed to exceed that with EDGE on Digicel several times before doing this test with a maximum speed of 41 kilobytes per second or 328Kbps, in the range of UMTS 3G. I have a simple idea of why this happened; Digicel might be using more than 4 data lines, however my phone only officially supports 4 so I am not entirely sure. Read more about Digicel Jamaica vs LIME Jamaica: Edge faceoff