(CMR)Telecoms companies Digicel and Iliad have joined forces in the French West Indies to improve their collective offerings in the region.
While both companies will operate independently for commercial purposes, they will share Digicel’s Radio Access Network capabilities.
The iliad Group and the Digicel Group will jointly invest in order to significantly increase the number of mobile sites in the region which should help increase coverage and speeds.
Details of the agreement were first made known during Digicel third-quarter earnings call on February 25.
The move is anticipated to help Digicel “monetizing” its assets across the region, which comprised primarily of five countries Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, St Martin, and St Barts.
The agreement is subject to the required regulatory approvals.
“A joint venture of this nature is a first for Digicel and allows us to accelerate our digital ambitions,” said Digicel Group CEO Jean-Yves Charlier in commenting on the announcement.
“We are delighted to be partnering with a world-class telecom operator in Iliad and to be sharing a common vision of jointly building one of the most extensive networks across the French West Indies,” he added.
The radio access network (RAN) has been in use since the beginning of cellular technology and has evolved through the generations of mobile communications (1G through 5G).