Last week Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), which is the parent company of LIME, announced an extension of the partnership with Ericsson for the deployment of 4G LTE technology, 3G network transformation and the latest Ericsson software features in the Caribbean and Latin American region.
This partnership is aimed at over 6 million Caribbean and Latin American consumers throughout 42 countries, and includes the modernization of existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure for all CWC’s markets.
Under the agreement, Ericsson covers equipment and a range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and support. It also includes software updates that deliver new capabilities in radio access, network management and network control.
“Delivering the demand for high performance, in addition to the growing need for coverage and capacity, requires continual network evolution. Network performance is one of the most important factors for consumer satisfaction and the comprehensive transformation of CWC’s network in conjunction with Ericsson is already paying off for the operator, with improvements in several key performance and customer satisfaction metrics,” a release said.
According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, by 2020, 86 percent of all mobile data traffic in the Caribbean and Latin America will come from smartphones, while 78 percent of data traffic in the region will come from LTE. In addition, mobile data traffic is expected to grow seven-fold in the region by 2020.