Huawei and Digicel Deliver Seamless 3G Network in the Caribbean

Published March 29th, 2007 - 11:43 GMT

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that it has partnered with Digicel Group ("Digicel") to deliver a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network in Caribbean, allowing the Caribbean's largest GSM mobile operator to provide international roaming and mobile data services to its CDMA customers.

The first stage of the project includes five of Digicel's 22 markets including Jamaica, Bermuda, Aruba, Cayman Islands and Barbados. With the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network, Digicel is now the first GSM operator in the region to simultaneously offer GSM and CDMA services, and travelers to this region will be able to roam on Digicel's network and experience seamless CDMA roaming service.

According to Mr. Mario Assaad, Digicel Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO): "Huawei will help us deliver the most seamless and intelligent CDMA international roaming and high speed wireless data services in the main tourism areas along the Caribbean Sea. When traveling to the Caribbean, many U.S. mobile customers used to experience poor service and erratic network coverage from CDMA Caribbean operators. Now, they can come to the Caribbean and be assured of reliable mobile service by roaming on our seamless mobile network."

"We are delighted that our cutting-edge technology and services are supporting Digicel to realize market opportunities in the Caribbean," Mr. Jiang Yafei, President of Latin America Region department at Huawei, said. "Caribbean's telecommunications market is growing rapidly, and Huawei will provide the best solutions and user-friendly services to support Digicel's requirements on network and service."

Leveraging on its understanding of the coverage regions, Huawei has delivered solutions that fully satisfies Digicel's requirement for fast and efficient project implementation. In this project, Huawei adopted its industry-leading CDMA2000 outdoor macro BTS in large quantities, which enables convenient deployment as only power supply and transmission resource are needed to be connected to the cabinets. This eliminates the need for construction of equipment rooms and installation and debugging of auxiliaries, and in turn allows deployment to be rolled out within a shorter time period.

As at December 2006, Huawei has won 31 CDMA2000 1x EV-DO commercial contracts, with its CDMA networks serving 60 million subscribers worldwide. As the global leader in CDMA, Huawei continues to use innovative technologies to meet customers' needs and enable them to create long-term value and potential growth.

About Digicel

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region, ensuring the region is continually at the cutting edge of wireless communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in twenty two markets including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago & Turks & Caicos. Digicel also has a license in Guatemala and coverage in St Martin and St Barths.

About Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”) is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and potential growth for its customers. Huawei’s products and solutions are deployed in over 100 countries and serve 28 of the world’s top 50 operators, as well as over one billion users worldwide. For more information, please visit



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