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BTC set to unveil ‘limitless’ mobile offers

Will allow second market entrant access to its network
  • Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s headquarters on John. F. Kennedy Drive. FILE

Published: Mar 22, 2017

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Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has announced that following a recent customer survey, it will be unveiling an upgraded suite of mobile offers.

The new “limitless” mobile plans will be as BTC states, “unrivaled in the market”. BTC is working hard to build the best network possible, the type of network that the people of The Bahamas deserve. As a part of its plans it will refresh its prepaid, postpaid and business suite of products.

“Stay tuned for what’s to come. The public will definitely be in awe when we unveil our new plans. We are giving our customers what they want,” said Leon Williams, BTC’s CEO.

“We note that it has been touted that the second mobile entrant has more than 25 percent of the market share with a 45,000 customer base. BTC wholeheartedly and unreservedly refutes these claims, noting that while the second entrant may have 45,000 customers, it surely does not equate to a 25 percent customer base. A simple mathematical calculation could clarify this. Additionally, based on our research and our numbers we are confident that more than 90 percent of these 45,000 customers are owners of two handsets as we have not experienced a severe revenue impact. BTC is stronger than ever. We are not losing ground and our customers are resting with the best carrier in the country. BTC is backed by the world’s largest international television and broadband company, Liberty Global, whose revenues exceed $20 billion. Liberty Global employs more than 45,000 team members, has over 25 million television and broadband customers and over 10.3 million mobile subscribers, with over 5 million Wi-Fi access points,” he continued.

Williams indicated that the network is undergoing improvements that will bring “limitless connectivity” to mobile customers.

With over 320,000 mobile customers, BTC remains the leader in mobile services. It is still in negotiations with all parties involved and is also happy to announce that it will allow the usage of its network to the second mobile entrant. By doing this, it will enable that entrant to provide mobile services across the country instantaneously and vicariously through BTC’s network with minimal investment. By using BTC’s network, the second entrant will be endorsing the strength, stability and reliability of BTC’s mobile services. There are many islands where it is simply not profitable to invest in building out a network, however BTC has done just that. On every island in the country, BTC is mandated to provide communications services to residents, regardless of the cost.

“Presently, BTC is continuing to upgrade its core network across the country with the introduction of its next generation fiber-to-the-home technology. It is also building out its own data center in New Providence and is working alongside the private sector and the government to improve service delivery and empower the Family Islands to work independent of the capital,” Williams ended.

BTC’s new mobile plans are expected to be introduced within the next few weeks.

It has also announced that it will be providing access to the second mobile entrant to use its network as a means to expand its network. Williams said, “BTC is the national leader for communications solutions. We are still the only company that stretches throughout the length and breadth of the country and as a part of our universal service obligation, we continue to provide services to everyone regardless of the cost. Even in the face of mobile liberalization, we have been able to grow our market share by an additional 6,000 customers. We also introduced value-added services including mobile television, and to date over 15,000 customers have been using the service since December.”


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