Bahamian cellular monopolist Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has completed the installation of more than 90 Long Term Evolution (LTE) sites nationwide, including the recent upgrade of three of its six towers in Acklins with the technology, The Bahamas Weekly reports. The expansion is part of a USD65 million plan to provide 4G services to 99% of the population via 107 LTE sites by March 2015 in preparation for the liberalisation of the mobile market, due to take place this year.
Commenting on the progress of the rollout, senior BTC official Leon Williams noted: ‘The Family Islands are of extreme importance to BTC. Whereas it is profitable to provide services in populated islands like New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, BTC’s mission as the national provider is to ensure that all citizens, no matter their location, have the same access to world-class technology. In addition to having the same access, it is also imperative that all customers pay the same rates for products and services regardless of their location.’