The data collection process for the 2022 Population and Housing Census will consume 200 terabytes (TB) of data, setting a new Digicel LTE data usage record.
On September 12, census workers headed into the streets of Jamaica using 4,000 tablets to collect data for the first time.
A partnership between Digicel and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has allowed tablets used for data collection to be securely connected to the Digicel network.
Census workers will therefore receive 99 per cent LTE data coverage, enabling them to upload data in real time with an estimate of 200 TB of data to be used over the next five months.
“With all our major investments in delivering the best LTE network experience, our Digicel Business team continues to work around-the-clock to support our customers and partners’ needs, including STATIN, whose census enumerators are out there in the field, able to upload and download files at the fastest speeds,” said Elon Parkinson, Digicel’s head of public relations.
Digicel will also be providing text message support for Census 2022, keeping Jamaicans up to date on the process and providing relevant information.
Carol Coy, director general of STATIN, said she welcomes this partnership as it will aid in effective communication in the promotion and administration of this national exercise.
Coy added that she was looking forward to Digicel’s valuable support as the census team seeks “to reach and engage persons in every nook and cranny of Jamaica”.
The 2022 Population Census was launched on August 10 under the theme ‘Yuh count, mi count, all a wi count’. The data collection process started on September 12 and is expected to end in December.