BTC wireless network overhaul nearly complete

17 Dec 2012

Bahamian monopoly wireless provider Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has announced that the initial stage of its network modernisation programme is ‘substantially complete’ and it would soon kick off deployment of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform, the Bahamas Weekly reports. Since mid-2011 BTC has been involved in a nationwide modernisation and expansion programme before competition is introduced to the sector in 2014. The overhaul is being headed up by Swedish vendor Ericsson and has seen the provider replace its existing infrastructure and install a HSPA+ upgrade, which the cellco markets as ‘4G’.

However, BTC has come under fire for network outages during the refit and BTC CEO Geoff Houston was quoted as saying: ‘We are very appreciative to our customers who have been exceedingly patient with us as we ripped out and replaced virtually every element of our network … The good news though is that there are very few of those and we are actively working on them.’ Houston went on to add: ‘We have achieved extremely substantial technology advances in just 18 months, including the 4G rollout in just one year, all whilst maintaining the old one – teething problems are to be expected.’

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