BTC passes 4G milestone

16 Nov 2011

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), the Bahamas’ sole provider of wireless services, has reported that the initial test of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network has been successful. According to Nassau Guardian, the trial consisted of two stages; the first was a phone call, whislt the second tested internet connectivity and data transmission. Geoff Houston, BTC’s chief executive commented: ‘Each was a 100% success, with no delays, no faults, just as smooth as can be.’ Houston described the company’s progress as leaping ‘light years ahead with a single call’. BTC plans to invest USD45 million in the network over the next two years, giving the company a strong technological advantage over its competitors when the wireless sector is liberalised in 2014.

Marlon Johnson, the telco’s marketing manager said that although the preliminary trial ‘establishes that the signalling and technical elements are in order’ the company still needs to carry out ‘thousands of tests between now and going commercial.’ As previously reported by CommsUpdate, BTC had originally planned for an April 2012 launch of its 4G network, but in late September it announced that the service would be available on Grand Bahama and New Providence by Christmas. To coincide with the release, BTC is opening a new flagship store in the shopping centre, Mall at Marathon, hoping to capitalise on Christmas spending.

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