Isle of Man gets 4G LTE service

Huawei teams up with local incumbent Manx Telecom to deploy the Isle of Man’s first 4G LTE service

Customers of Isle of Man incumbent Manx Telecom are to get 4G mobile broadband for the first time with the deployment of a 4G LTE network on the island.

With support from Huawei – which has over 140 commercial LTE networks under management worldwide – Manx Telecom has replaced its existing GSM/HSPA networks and added 4G LTE technology to its network using Huawei’s SingleRAN LTE system.

This will provide a single manageable platform to provide 4G services such as video calling and conferencing, HD video, and download and upload speeds up to seven times faster than 3G.

Huawei is also making available its 4G Ascend G6 handset, as well as 4G-capable dongles and Mi-Fi devices.

Mike Dee, Manx Telecom CEO, commented: “This is another first for Manx Telecom and the Isle of Man and we’re delighted to be bringing this fantastic new technology to our customers.

“The growth in services like social media, video conferencing and media streaming has been unprecedented, to the point where the ability to connect to superfast mobile broadband will soon become an expectation, not a luxury. It’s with this in mind that we have partnered with Huawei to launch the new service – setting up ourselves and our customers for a connected future.”

Dee said Manx Telecom customers on existing pay monthly plans with a 4G-ready handset would be automatically upgraded when the network officially comes online later this summer.

Stefano Cantarelli, vice-president of Carrier Networks and deputy managing director of Product and Solutions at Huawei UK, said: “Today is about introducing the next age of 4G mobile technology to the Isle of Man. As we move into a better connected world, where the likes of video communication is key, both for consumers and business, we are proud to have worked closely with Manx Telecom on improving the telecommunications infrastructure for the island.

“Huawei will remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and work with increasing demand for data access and faster technology for our customers.”

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