Aliv and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are working on a plan to sync their networks in order for BTC customers to roam on Aliv’s 3G network for essential communication services, Chief Aliv Officer Damian Blackburn said yesterday.
Speaking to Guardian Business yesterday, Blackburn said BTC and Aliv are currently testing the temporary fix that will allow BTC customers to roam on Aliv’s network, with no roaming charges levied at BTC for the use of the network for the next 14 days.
“This weekend our respective engineering teams have worked to make this a reality by Monday, September 9 at the latest,” Blackburn said.
“Given the scale of this national emergency, Aliv has proposed that we both waive the days. We are focused on leading the restoration of essential national services and helping people rebuild their lives and livelihoods.”
He explained that 21 of Aliv’s 34 sites on Grand Bahama are back online. Those tower sites provide mobile access to 90 percent of the population.
“During the upcoming week, we will work to deliver an additional six sites in these areas to further enhance our network capacity,” Blackburn said.
“The remaining sites in East End will be restored as soon as the relevant authorities have repaired the road in order to gain earliest possible access.”
Blackburn also revealed that Aliv has restored service to Marsh Harbour and Fox Town.
“By mid-week we expect to restore service to the settlements between Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour,” he said.
“By next weekend we expect to bring our service in the South of Abaco online.”
He added that the company is shipping and airlifting equipment and resources into Grand Bahama and Abaco daily in order to restore services to those islands as quickly as possible.
Blackburn said as Aliv’s equipment is brought into Abaco today, the company will also assist in evacuating anyone who wants to leave the island.
“Over the course of the last week, the Aliv teams have been on the ground working to provide immediate relief and assistance to those in Grand Bahama and Abaco,” he said.
“Our primary concern at all times has been to ensure that all those impacted by this devastating experience are able to get back on their feet and communicate with their loved ones as rapidly as possible. We have pledged to do all that we can to make this happen.”