Fixed line incumbent Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) aims to launch a TV service within the next twelve months, Tribune 242 cites the company’s chief executive Geoff Houston as saying. The official explained that a TV offering has been planned for a long time, but had been delayed in favour of higher-priority projects: ‘We have always had that plan. I wanted to try and get it to market sooner, but when we looked at the enormous amount of work that we had to do just to fix up the business and the network, that’s slipped down the agenda.’ The plans are still in their earliest stages, with the value of the investment, broadcast content and retail strategy all yet to be finalised. Houston added that the delays had been ‘fortuitous’ as BTC has made progress on its next generation network (NGN) for fixed line broadband since a TV service was first tabled: ‘We are almost finished that, and that will give us more of a focused mind-set when we look at TV.’ The executive added that the telco expects to migrate its entire fixed line infrastructure to its NGN by the end of March.
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