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BTC now providing LTE coverage in Acklins Bahamas
By Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)
Feb 6, 2015 - 9:45:47 AM

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NASSAU, N.P - BTC now has over ninety LTE sites nationally. Just recently three of the six mobile towers in Acklins were upgraded to provide 4G LTE services to the island. The towers located at Lovely Bay, Spring Point and Salina Point, now have 4G LTE services.

In addition to adding 4G LTE services to Acklins, BTC has made significant improvements to its mobile services on the island. Chief Councilor for Acklins, Tyrone Gilbert stated, “I must say that in the last two to three months, we (Acklins) have experienced tremendous improvements in our cellular services. I reside in the Lovely Bay community, and I am pleased with the cellular services.”

In November, BTC announced that it would inject $65m in capital expenditures to complete a full overhaul and upgrade of its landline, broadband and wireless networks. To date, BTC has made progressive steps in upgrading its networks. The thrust to also ensure that the Family Islands are not left behind is a major part of the company’s corporate strategy and focus.

BTC’s chief executive, Leon Williams said, “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.”

LTE is an upgrade of the 4G network, and provides speeds that are five times, faster and smoother. This high-speed data network was introduced globally just two years ago. BTC was one of the first countries within the Caribbean to offer 4G LTE data services.

To upgrade to the LTE network, customers would be required to purchase an LTE enable device which will allow them to enjoy all the benefits that the 4G LTE network has to offer. Customers would also need an LTE SIM card, and a LTE data plan. Customers are able to upgrade to LTE at any one of BTC’s forty-five retail stores throughout the country.

By March 2015, BTC will have 99% LTE coverage nationwide with one hundred seven LTE sites across the country. BTC is the national leader in communications services. The Company offers a full suite of landline, broadband and mobile solutions for residential and enterprise customers. In December, BTC recently introduced television to its service offerings, and over one hundred Bimini residents are testing the full product, free of charge, ahead of the commercial launch.

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