BTC upgrades Bahamas network, readies pay-TV platform
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 16 November 2014
As a result of the recent $65 million network improvement package, Bahamian telco BTC is upgrading its mobile network throughout the island, and will soon add a pay-TV service.

The mobile upgrades will bring increased coverage and capacity through 24 new sites to the network and 107 new 4G LTE sites, giving BTC 99% coverage throughout the country. The latest mobile technology will target the enterprise market, specifically hotels, airports and the Mall at Marathon.

BTC's customers will be soon able to upgrade to its new pay-TV service which is due to be tested in communities in Bimini in December.

“In The Bahamas, customers will be experiencing an upgraded mobile experience with less dropped calls. With a $26m investment in our mobile network we are currently addressing coverage and capacity issues throughout the mobile network,” said Phil Bentley, CEO at Cable and Wireless Communications, owner of the formerly public telco BTC.

“We are adding an additional 24 mobile cell sites throughout the country. We are also expanding our LTE footprint, and by the end of our fiscal year – March – we will have an LTE presence across the country.”

BTC is the largest provider of electronic communications services in the Bahamas and operates fixed, mobile and broadband networks. BTC currently operates a 2G mobile network, a 3G mobile network, a next generation fibre network (NGN) and a LTE service for the areas of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera.