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by Nadia Laws

Did you know that when a large group of people are in a small geographical area, all at one time, it can significantly slow down your cellphone data network? 

It happens during every big social event on our shores, including Cup Match, but interestingly enough isn’t specific to Bermuda. 

“No matter where you are, in Canada or the U.S., if too many people gather in a tiny area it can cause network congestion,” explained Donn Foggo, the marketing manager at Digicel. “What we do for events like Cup Match and anywhere we expect hundreds or thousands of people, is we make provisions to enhance our service.” 

In order to help you capture all the selfies you want over the holiday and stay in contact with friends and family, Mr Foggo said LTE was people’s best bet. 

“Our LTE network is on par with the rest of North America and is considered a fully capable network,” he explained. “Just last year, we won a Speedtest Award presented by Ookla, for the fastest mobile network in Bermuda.” 

If you have a smart phone, there’s more good news. 

In the event LTE isn’t working well, you’ll be automatically switched over to 3G when it comes time to send out texts or make important calls. 

“While there isn’t much people can do to speed up their data service, as a country we have come a long way when it comes to technology and work hard to ensure network congestion happens less and less. 

“We know people want to upload pictures in real time to social media and contact friends over the holiday when their favourite bowler gets a wicket, so we make as many provisions as possible beforehand to ensure our service is of the best quality.” 

You can rest assured, Mr Foggo said, no matter where you are for the Cup Match holiday, emergency lines will always work when you need it.

This article was originally published in the 2019 edition of the RG Cup Match supplement.

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