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April 3, 2014
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Digicel, LIME secure new 15-year licence

Telecoms providers Lime and Digicel yesterday secured new 15-year licence from the Government for domestic, mobile, carrier and service provision. The announcement was made yesterday at the offices of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. In a release yesterday, Digicel said the new licence for its operation comes into effect next year when the company's original licence ends.

A release from Digicel said it has also been granted a licence in the 700Mhz spectrum to deliver Long Term Evolution (LTE) services - the only LTE licence granted to an operator in Jamaica. LTE is commonly marketed as 4G LTE and is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.

"Digicel is proud to call Jamaica home and proud to be a part of Jamaican life and culture. Our focus has always been on delivering the best of the best to our customers through mobile, broadband and now ICT services and on giving back to our communities," Barry O'Brien, Digicel Jamaica CEO, said in the release. "In the present financial year ending 31st March 2014, Digicel has invested over J$6 billion of capital in our business in Jamaica to ensure that Jamaica maintains its position as a global leader in the telecommunications sector.

Digicel, which started operating in Jamaica in 2001, currently serves more than 2.1 million Jamaicans and many countries across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. The company has operations in 32 countries serving more than 13 million customers worldwide.

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