Should you ever decide to live in Antigua you’ll quickly come to find that your options as far as ISP’s is limited essentially three options available here on the island.
The first and personally one that I’ve found to be the best is APUA’s (inet) with claimed speeds of up to 4Mbps (yes that’s it nothing beyond these speeds here unheard of in first world countries right). We’re currently on the 3Mbps connection which albiet not that cheap at ~$400 XCD which translates into $148.14 USD / month. In the US, Canada or UK I can get a 20+Mbps connection for this same price. The internet offered by inet is ADSL and requires that you have a phone line which is cheap to maintain here in Antigua.
The second option is Lime which is WWAN (WiMAX service) which although costs less than APUA’s inet service is not as reliable. We’ve known many people here in Antigua who have used this internet with intermittent service, slow speeds and unreliable connectivity. The max speeds for the internet service offered by Lime is as follows: $129 XCD (1Mbps) and $169 XCD (2Mbps), a lot less as you can see than that of the APUA service at just 1Mbps additional speed in their highest end plan.
The third option and one we’ve been testing for the past 4 – 5 months is Digicel’s new WiMAG LTE service available here in Antigua. For a long time now the internet space here on this island has been dominated by APUA and Lime due to government restrictions on who could enter into the space. Opportunities as of recently have presented themselves for Digicel to get their foot in the door in respect to the internet market here in Antigua. They’ve done a fantastic job with the marketing and building awareness in that they’re offering the service, however the quality of the service offered is not that great in my opinion and it’s not just me. The few other people I know who have tried or are trying the service have been unsatisfied. The Digicel 4G LTE internet is extremely slow, lacks in reliability of connection and can often times be disrupted for days on end. Digicel is a great company and I’ve been a subscriber as far as my mobile phone with them here in Antigua for years but their internet service and reliability is lagging. I’m sure they’ll get it right eventually but as of the writing of this post here on my blog things still just aren’t quite there.