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Upgrade Bahamas with BTC

2014-11-12

BTC is inviting customers to upgrade to the super-fast 4G network and broaden their communication options as recent upgrades become apparent and ongoing extensive upgrades continue.

As BTC continues to transform itself into a world-class operator the upgraded BTC network now delivers the broadest coverage and the most advanced fixed, mobile and new era of communications services. These upgrade options and add-ons bring many benefits and new communication opportunities to customers and are the result of the recent $65 million network improvement package through year-end.

The Mobile upgrades will bring increased coverage and capacity through 24 new macro sites to the network and 107 new LTE sites giving BTC 99% coverage throughout the country for improved roaming experience. New technology will be available for the enterprise market, specifically hotels, airports and the Mall at Marathon. And soon customers will be able to upgrade to BTCs new TV service – which we will begin testing in communities in Bimini in December.

BTC recognizes that over the last few years the need to be connected has increased significantly. Customers want to be connected, any time, any place and through their medium of choice. BTC continues to respond to that need. This fiscal alone $65m will have been spent upgrading the networks. Additionally, upgraded retail stores give improved ease of access to products and services via 45 locations across the country.

At the October BTC Team Talk Live events in Nassau and Freeport Chairman Phil Bentley told management and staff that LIME was also launching a campaign to speak to upgrades to its regional networks, as they are now able to deliver an overall better experience for customers in retail, Enterprise and all other aspects of customer service.

“In The Bahamas, customers will be experiencing an upgraded mobile experience with less dropped calls. With a $26m investment in our mobile network we are currently addressing coverage and capacity issues throughout the mobile network. We are adding an additional twenty-four mobile cell sites throughout the country. Additionally, we are also expanding our LTE footprint, and by the end of our fiscal year – March – we will have an LTE presence across the country,” said Mr. Bentley.

BTC is the largest provider of electronic communications services in The Bahamas and operates fixed, mobile and broadband networks. In recent years BTC’s domestic fibre optic (BSDN) and legacy copper line networks have been progressively upgraded. In respect of international infrastructure, BTC operates two networks: Bahamas II and BDSNi.

BTC currently operates a 2G mobile network, a 4G mobile network and a Next Generation fibre network (NGN). In February of 2014, BTC launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service for New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera. This brings mobile service on par with telephony and broadband standards seen in major international markets.

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