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BTC launching wireless Internet service

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)is launching a commercial wireless service catering to users of its network, offering islandwide Wi-Fi access through a partnership with three international firms.

The telecoms company teamed up with Aptilo Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and First Atlantic Commerce(FAC)to launch the new service, which will enable BTC to offer several options to access the Wi-Fi network across the island. It will also become a resource to visitors to Nassau and Paradise island who want to browse the Internet while on vacation.

Chief Information Officer of BTC Howard Mason said the collaboration with the firms will allow the company to offer customers a flexible wireless solution that’s scalable, cost-effective and fast to deploy.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s complete solution enables seamless, simplified installations. Combined with Aptilo’s platform which fast-tracks deployments and the advanced e-commerce solutions from First Atlantic Commerce(FAC), this was the right choice for[BTC],”he said.Guardian Businesshas learned that this project has been in the works since the end of 2007 and it was offered as a free Wi-Fi service during that time. Since then BTC has worked with the three companies to relaunch the service with enhanced security for credit card transactions and improvements in other areas. That process took 4-6 weeks. Alactel Lucent, a telecommunications solutions company, is providing end-to-end wireless system integration services which allows BTC to focus on its core business while taking advantage of Alactel-Lucent’s experience with complex multi-vendor networking. FAC is a secure payment gateway that provides an array of credit card processing and alternative payment options to online merchants around the world. It is enabling BTC to process Visa and MasterCard transactions through a security system that will reduce fraud. Aptilo Networks is a pre-integrated management solutions company and its versatile platform allows BTC to offer customers several options such as customized pricing plans for access to pay-for-use services, including premium levels and the capability to utilize a credit card-payment architecture tailored to clients’specific needs. They can also associate price plans to a specific location or provide a multi-location service plan through Aptilo’s location-based and roaming features.

CEO of Aptilo Networks Torbjorn Ward said the new offering from BTC could deliver a boost to his company’s revenue while providing benefits to its customers at the same time.

“Pay-for-use wireless models that deliver premium services can deliver significant revenue for today’s businesses,”Ward said.”BTC installations are an excellent showcase for Aptilo’s full feature set.”

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