iNet manager calls out industry frauds for boasting of 5G technology


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.

APUA managers and staff at the launch of APUA’s iNet 4G LTE-A 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”.

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  1. Does this LTE service only applies to cell phone users??? It should include home as well, which is quite unstable at the moment, because I don’t get the 20mbs that I’m paying for. That too is fraudulent and false advertising on APUA’S part.

    • Most likely they will tell you that yo’re too far from the nodes, or the phone system in the area is too old, or some chupit excuse.

      Then there’s the fiber to the home which can’t be made available isl;and wide all now. SMH

  2. Quite so, Cable & Wireless to Lime to Flow has been robbing Antigua internet users blind. I pay a monthly bill of $148 and now is find out that my download speed is 1.03 Mbps while upload is 0.25 Mbps. The internet is so weak and is wi-fi is down for at least 10 hours out of the 24 hours in one day. They are so wicked, it ain’t funny and the Government needs to check them out. Poor customer in all aspects.

  3. And apua needs to get there own building or rent from a local antiguan black local …y the money keep going to them people what have THEY done for us meaning our country

  4. you kown what,untill today,i still suspect if antigua have 3G network.I used to be a flow customer, flow said they provided 4G NETWORK, BUT the speed really I changed in to ACT, THE SPEED AS SLOW AS FLOW. NOW I AM using digical,slow too. let me tell you something true, in china,when you a remote area,you can still enjoy 30mw internet speed with 200EC annual payment. when you download,the speed can reach 5m per second. I am wasting too much time on my work due to slow internet, life is short. stop insulting my one provide 5G NETWORK,even 4 G NETWORK, IT IS A LIE.

  5. Antigua don’t have 4g or 5g digecel internet is so slow that a snail could get from them office in town to oldroad before i upload a picture

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