Digicel launches portable internet

Digicel says its new personal broadband internet service will turn the whole of Grand Cayman into a virtual internet ‘hot zone’, allowing subscribers to connect to the internet from anywhere on the island.

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Digicel Cayman General Manager John Byrne at the launch of the companys new personal broadband service. Photo: James Dimond

The company thinks the service will satisfy the needs of a new breed of ‘always on’ users, who, because of devices like mobile phones and BlackBerrys, have become accustomed to being online 24/7.

Launching the service at a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Wednesday, Digicel Cayman General Manager John Byrne described the service as a 4th generation wireless technology that leapfrogs 3G, offering high speeds, quality of service and class of service.

‘Going online with Digicel takes mere minutes. Simply plug the modem into a power supply, connect it to your computer and you’re online. There is no need to wait for a technician. No phone line is necessary, and you are no longer confined to your home or workplace to gain access.’

Mr. Byrne explained the personal, wireless, self-install service is currently available from West Bay through to Savannah and will be available island-wide in November. Until then, resident east of Savannah can get the service through a technician install.

Packages range in speed from 512 Kbps up to 4 Mbps and start at $25 per month. To mark the service launch, Digicel is offering the modem at no charge, with one month’s free service and no deposit or activation charge.

The service is expected to be particularly attractive to customers that only use their landline for internet access, as the service requires only electricity, and no landline, to work.

The service is based on the Mobile WiMAX standard, which Mr. Byrne said is backed by all major equipment, consumer electronics and chip manufacturers in the world.

As more devices are manufactured with embedded WiMAX, they will be able to connect to the Digicel network similarly to how you connect to a WiFi hot spot today, said Mr. Byrne.

‘Watch this space,’ he concluded. ‘The launch of Digicel broadband will serve as the foundation for the launch of future revolutionary services that will soon come to allow Cayman to connect and communicate in new and more convenient ways.’

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‘Going online with Digicel takes mere minutes. Simply plug the modem into a power supply, connect it to your computer and you’re online. There is no need to wait for a technician. No phone line is necessary, and you are no longer confined to your home or workplace to gain access.’

– Digicel Cayman General Manager John Byrne