ALIV, the new Bahamian mobile operator which is co-owned by Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) and the local government, has issued a progress report as it celebrates the launch of its network on the island of Bimini. ALIV currently has a total of 142 live cell sites throughout the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera, and expects to launch in Exuma and Andros later this month.
ALIV chief executive Damian Blackburn told local reporters: ‘Our teams have been working judiciously on the island of Bimini to ensure required infrastructure is fully installed and secure key elements for a successful service launch on the island … We are proud to have more than 70,000 subscribers to date and look forward to these numbers growing as we welcome Bimini and other Family Islands to the ALIV network. Critical steps have been taken to ensure financial viability in the long term and in line with service rollouts. We have received a total funding of USD135 million from shareholders and have invested USD120 million in our network system and infrastructure.’
Since launching on 23 November 2016 ALIV has made an immediate splash in the Bahamas; former monopolist the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) dropped 24,000 subscribers in the three months ended 30 June 2017, on the back of a net decrease of 5,800 customers in 1Q17.