At the launch of its 4G LTE Advanced network last week, the APUA (Antigua Public Utilities Authority) iNet/Telecommunications manager Vaughn Brown blasted “other” telecom providers on the island for boasting of having technology that “doesn’t exist”.
“iNet will not attempt to mislead you with marketing hype,” Brown slammed the offending competitors.
The other internet service providers on the island are FLOW, Digicel and ACT (Antigua Computer Technology) Ltd.
“5G networks cannot be built today,” Brown continued.
“A network therefore cannot be called 5G since what it means to be called 5G has not yet been defined.”
5G is the newest, but yet-to-be-released, mobile network that will ultimately replace the current 4G technology by providing a number of improvements in speed, coverage, and reliability.
The primary focus and reason for needing an upgraded network is to support the growing number of devices that demand internet access, many of them requiring so much bandwidth in order to function normally.
From a peak speed perspective, 5G is 20 times faster than 4G. In tests, 5G has a peak download speed of 20 Gb/s, while 4G sits at just 1 Gb/s.
APUA’s newest 4G LTE-A offering however boasts of offering true 4G speeds, unlike current LTE networks. The expectation is for the real-world speed of LTE-A to be two to three times faster than today’s LTE. It should also be robust, with fewer dropped connections.
The telecoms manager also boasted about number of “firsts” due to the iNet offering.
“We’re the first operator in Antigua to turn off the antiquated 2G network and solely operate a 3G and 4G network,” said Brown.
Another of the firsts by APUA would be the adaptation of “4×4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output)” which allows for a, “multiple-lane highway to the internet,” according to Brown.
Brown also assured that the 4G offering would be truly island-wide, and not 3G or 2G depending on location thus offering, “ubiquitous LTE coverage”.