By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Enterprise Editor
The Bahamas Telecommunications Firm’s (BTC) operational head yesterday mentioned greater than half the houses in Nassau and Grand Bahama might be handed by its newest community expertise come year-end 2021 because it launches a nationwide Web connectivity drive.
Andre Foster instructed Tribune Enterprise that the service additionally plans to “flip up” its off-island broadband connectivity subsequent yr by the addition of 20 gigabytes of connectivity between the primary and third quarters, as its community “brings on stream” new neighbourhoods within the Carmichael Highway space and western New Windfall.
And, with 50 % of houses in Grand Bahama, and 45-47 % in New Windfall, already bypassed by its fibre-to-the-home expertise, Mr Foster mentioned BTC was concentrating on a rise to “55 % mixed between the 2 islands” by year-end 2021.
Disclosing that BTC was trying to combine its fibre and cell networks extra intently, he added that this may present the platform for brand spanking new product launches by year-end or the 2021 first quarter.
Mr Foster’s spoke out as BTC unveiled a nationwide connectivity marketing campaign aiming to supply all islands and communities with broadband Web companies tailor-made to their wants.
Garfield ‘Garry’ Sinclair, BTC’s chief govt, mentioned: “Over the past seven months, we’ve seen an enormous shift in site visitors and an elevated demand for broadband companies. We had been ready for this, having put in a ten gigabyte hyperlink to supply extra bandwidth for patrons.
“Entry to broadband Web is totally essential, particularly with a large number of college students attending lessons just about and a few individuals persevering with to do business from home. We’ve launched into what we imagine is a essential mission to make sure that we’re offering the speeds and connectivity that our prospects want no matter their location.
“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve needed to adapt our operations to satisfy the evolving wants of our prospects and our communities. Immediately, this implies we should be sure that each buyer throughout The Bahamas has entry to the broadband options they require.”
Mr Foster added: “Even when you have already got web companies with us, and also you suppose you want extra velocity, we can assist. We’ve got the power to attach each buyer by utilising one or a mix of our community applied sciences, whether or not its upgraded fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) or our 4G-LTE community. We’re very assured within the capability and resilience of our community.
“We’ve got had constant progress in our fibre-to-the-home footprint in Grand Bahama and japanese New Windfall, and now we have began extending that footprint to the western communities. Only recently we ‘fiberised’ the Sea Seashore group, and over 400 prospects have entry to BTC’s fibre-to-the-home community which delivers as much as 600 megabytes per second.”