BTC launches 4G in Grand Bahama
Executives of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), including CEO Geoff Houston, were in Grand Bahama yesterday for the soft launch of 4G, a platform that provides greater reliability and faster speeds on all wireless devices and opens up a world of entertainment, social interaction and other benefits for those using Android phones, tablets, Samsung Galaxy phones and other 4G-enabled devices.
The Grand Bahama launch of 4G is nearly a month ahead of schedule. It follows the official launch of the same technology in New Providence one week earlier, when Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham switched on the 4G network.
In Grand Bahama, the ‘magic hand’ of long-time BTC staff member Joyce Evans, now retired, activated the 4G network.
“This is the beginning of our leap into 4G, a leap that redefines the mobile experience in the country,” Houston said. “In a matter of moments the speed with which we communicate and the efficiency and reliability of our Internet service will be catapulted to lightning fast speeds.
“This will take effect immediately here at BTC on Pioneer’s Way and will roll out throughout most of the populated areas of Grand Bahama in coming weeks. When that happens, Grand Bahama, like Nassau, will be on par with the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world — places like Hong Kong, Central Europe, many parts of Asia and ahead of many areas of the U.S.”
According to Marlon Johnson, BTC’s vice president of marketing, sales and business development, bringing 4G to Grand Bahama is a tremendous development for residents, businesses and visitors.
The 4G platform is expected to go live in Abaco and Exuma by the end of the first quarter of 2012, with the remaining Family Islands all experiencing faster telecommunications by the end of 2012.
The company is also enhancing its retail stores throughout The Bahamas; and increasing its retail footprint to some 50 stores over the next two years, creating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. In Grand Bahama, the store on Pioneer’s Way is scheduled for a major renovation.