Gibtelecom today announced the launch of its Gibtel mobile 4G+ service, with mobile broadband speeds of up to 225Mbps available. The announcement was made at a launch event held at Gibtelecom’s Customer Services Centre in John Mackintosh Square, with live demos of the new technology which marks a new era in mobile communications for Gibraltar.
The new network was launched by the Chief Minister and Gibtelecom Chairman, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, along with the Company’s CEO, Tim Bristow, and Jose Antonio Lopez Muñoz, CEO of Ericsson Iberia. Mr Picardo welcomed the Company embracing the future of mobile communications saying that “Gibtelecom has once again showed that it is keeping pace with technology and on a par with much larger operators around the globe”. Commenting on the “awesome difference” between 3G and 4G+ data speeds Tim Bristow, added how “in an age where folk are increasingly reliant on being able to communicate on the move this substantial investment in a new faster mobile network should facilitate their every need.”
“Supplementing the Company’s existing 2G and 3G mobile networks, the upgrade to 4th generation (4G+ LTE-Advanced) services will provide customers with even higher speeds, improved coverage and less buffering” explained Jansen Reyes, Director of Technology at Gibtelecom. “Mobile users will be able to access the web up to 30 times faster than on 3G, and it’s not just about download speed but how fast websites can react; this is instantaneous with 4G+. A third benefit is enhanced coverage because 4G+ operates on lower frequencies it works better inside buildings where traditionally you may have struggled to maintain a connection.”
The build out of Gibtelecom’s 4G+ network was done in partnership with technology giant Ericsson, who were present at the launch event. Jose Antonio Lopez Muñoz, on behalf of Ericsson, said “this is the next step in our long standing relationship with Gibtelecom, which spans over 20 years since the mobile was first introduced in Gibraltar. The technology behind this new 4G+ network will revolutionise the way Gibtelecom’s customers work and communicate.”
At the launch event the Company also took the opportunity to announce its new mobile commercial offerings which increase the data available on existing packages by up to four times. The Company are not charging anything extra for 4G+ but both pre-paid and post-paid customers who have 4G ready handsets will need a new SIM card. Customers can sign up online and have the SIM card posted or pick it up from the Company’s John Mackintosh Square shop. Gibtelecom also launched a new set of pay monthly mobile plans which for the first time include a bundle of local minutes, text messages and data, with options for customers to top up with more data if necessary.”
Additionally attendees of the launch event got a preview of future promotions. The Company announced that it would be rewarding customers who both contract a new mobile plan and have a SuperSwift broadband with Gibtelecom, by doubling their mobile data allowances and home broadband speeds after Easter.