Fixed line incumbent and wireless monopoly holder Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has revealed plans to invest BSD80 million (USD79.7 million) on the deployment of a Next Generation Network (NGN) over the next five years. The Nassau Guardian writes that BTC’s NGN is gradually replacing the legacy network and is currently around halfway through an island-by-island rollout of the new platform, having so far covered Exuma, Inagua, Abaco, Long Island, Cat Island and parts of New Providence. BTC’s VP of operations Antonio Stubbs explained that the network is more energy-efficient than its predecessor: ‘Of course from an electricity perspective, we are going to have some serious savings there…NGN is a lot more efficient in terms of the power it uses and the smaller physical space it demands.’ Stubbs went on to comment that the upgrade will allow the telco to introduce new offerings, including higher download speeds, and reduce prices. According to another senior BTC official, IPTV is high on the telco’s list of priorities, with a launch due sometime during the next fiscal year beginning 1 April 2014.
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