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Caribbean users get GPRS upgrade
Posted: 27-Jun-2003 [Source: Nortel Networks]

[Antigua and Barbuda are the next two on the list of Caribbean islands to go GPRS. ]

St. John's, Antigua -- Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) PCS has selected Nortel Networks to deploy a next generation GPRS (General Packet Radio System) wireless network, positioning the operator to provide new and advanced wireless data services to subscribers on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

Under a new supply agreement, Nortel Networks will implement its complete Wireless Data Network GPRS solution, upgrading the operator's existing GSM infrastructure to enable delivery of value-added services that can help APUA PCS drive new revenue opportunities. The new network is expected to be in service by year end 2003, and will position APUA PCS to offer subscribers in Antigua and Barbuda, as well as visitors, 'always on' access to wireless data applications like mobile Web browsing, multimedia messaging, and m-commerce.

"We are continuously striving to provide world-class communications services to the people of Antigua and Barbuda, empowering them with the essential tools for achieving success," said Julian Wilkins, manager of Mobile Services for APUA PCS. "We selected Nortel Networks based on their proven expertise in deploying advanced wireless infrastructures around the world, as well as their understanding of our business objectives."

"Nortel Networks is a global provider of cutting-edge communications networks and a leading supplier of GSM/GPRS technology," said Norberto Milan, managing director, Caribbean Region, Nortel Networks. "Over the last three decades, we have worked very closely with our Caribbean customers. We've gained regional experience that's second to none, putting us in a strong position to provide innovative customers like APUA PCS with advanced networks that can help them drive new revenues while keeping down operational costs."

Nortel Networks has supported GSM network planning and deployment for APUA PCS since it started offering wireless services in 2000, implementing the first GSM network in the English-speaking Caribbean. Wireless Data Network infrastructure to be deployed for APUA PCS under the new agreement will include Nortel Networks GSM S12000 Base Transceiver Station (BTS) Indoor and Outdoor radio equipment; GSM Base Station Controllers (BSC); and Mobile Switching Center (MSC) for the IP network core.

Nortel Networks has deployed 80 GSM/GPRS networks in more than 50 countries and is supplying GSM/GPRS systems to enable Wireless Data Network services for more than 50 operators around the world. In the Caribbean, Nortel Networks is working with customers like Cable & Wireless West Indies, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, Sunbeach in Barbados, and TSTT in Trinidad and Tobago to build out their GSM/GPRS networks. Nortel Networks is the industry's only supplier with Wireless Data Networks operating in all three advanced technologies -- GPRS, CDMA2000 and UMTS.

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