The Bahamian Telecommunications Company (BTC) has opened the first of four new Family Island retail stores to complement the upcoming launch of IPTV services on the islands. Tribune 242 writes that a new flagship store has opened in Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, upgrading the outlet to offer a ‘full menu’ of mobile devices and customers assistance options, whilst new stores are also set to be opened on Harbour Island, Spanish Wells and Bimini over the next two months. Previously, the Deadman’s Cay store had offered cashier and bill-payment options only.
BTC Chief Executive Leon Williams told the paper that the opening of the new stores is partly to pave the way for the launch of IPTV services in the region: ‘We will not test IPTV in Nassau. We will, in fact, start in Inagua and we will make sure all of the Family Islands have it before launching it in Nassau.’ Mr Williams added that by October next year, BTC hopes to have IPTV services available to the public across Long Island. The official explained that parent company Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) had handed BTC USD65 million to invest in the upgrade, but claimed the sum was too small, saying that amount: ‘is a lot in Trinidad, but in the Bahamas it is like taking a candle to a boiling ocean.’