Cable and Wireless Communications’ (CWC’s) USD1.85 billion acquisition of Columbus International is set to shave three years off the rollout schedule for Bahamas Telecommunication Company’s (BTC’s) pay-TV solution, CWC chief executive Phil Bentley told Tribune 242. The official claimed that CWC’s Bahamian unit could launch pay-TV services using Columbus’ IPTV solution for a fraction of the cost of deploying its own traditional cable TV network. Columbus founder and president Brendan Paddick explained that whilst it would cost USD5 million-USD6 million to build a single cable head-end, Columbus’ IPTV ‘payload’ could be deployed to any node for around USD200,000-USD300,000: ‘You can take our set top box home, take it to a home in the Bahamas, hook it into a cable modem and get 350 channels and 82 HD [high definition] channels, riding over Cable Bahamas’ network.’
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