Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), the UK-based majority shareholder of Bahamian fixed line incumbent and wireless monopoly holder Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), will invest USD4 million to upgrade the Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network International (BDSNi) submarine cable, paving the way for a range of new broadband services, Telecom Tiger reports. The 3,500km cable connects more than 20 Bahamian Islands to the nation’s most populous island, New Providence, and Haiti. The subsea fibre is a vital link for the nation’s outlying ‘Family Islands’, delivering broadband and fixed telephony. Geoff Houston, chief executive of BTC commented: ‘Our subsea cable network is a vital part of our ability to provide new products and services across the islands of the Bahamas, which contributes to the social and economic development of our communities.’ Houston added that the company has introduced ‘social telecoms’ services, such as a telemedicine lab in a New Providence hospital and is currently rolling out a CCTV network.
As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the upgrade to the BDSNi will be handled by China’s Huawei Marine Networks and will feature the vendor’s Optix BWS 1600S Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE) boosting the capacity of the system to 640Gbps, enabling the delivery of more flexible and cost-effective services.