Abaco received Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) latest upgrade in mobile technology as they launched 4G LTE (LongTerm Evolution) here as well as in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera with other islands to be networked-in over the ensuing months.
BTC officially went ‘live’ at a celebratory launch in Nassau’s Pompey Square on Thursday evening, February 13 with guest of honour Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security giving the address.
Dr. Nottage congratulated Geoff Houston and all the BTC staff on the momentous occasion of the new, faster 4G LTE mobile voice and data network then flipped a switch on an electric display panel to mark the official launch.
BTC CEO Geoff Houston spoke at the launch and said that from the very beginning, LTE had been a part of BTC’s holistic communication plan and that North America’s telephony and broadband standard was always their point of reference.
“Tonight, the switch over to 4G LTE marks an important milestone for BTC and The Bahamas. In planning for and building a new and enduring network, our reference point was always North America, and LTE has always been a part of our plans, so with 4G LTE going live tonight, The Bahamas is now up there with the best you can get in America. Further, The Bahamas now has the biggest LTE network in the Caribbean region; it’s absolutely the latest and greatest mobile communication network available. We are even ahead of most parts of Europe – where LTE has just barely been rolled out.”
BTC has invested some $18 million expanding mobile capacity – including the investment in LTE – just this fiscal year and will invest millions more in the next 12 months as BTC continues to increase performance and capacity while connecting more of the Family Islands for nationwide 4G LTE coverage.
With the launch of 4G LTE, BTC is meeting the immediate and future needs of an increasingly mobile-active population demanding faster speeds, better performance, agility and practicality from their cellular provider.
4G LTE is a standard for wireless-communication developed to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networks and to manage future technology evolutions and needs.