Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) Chief Executive Officer Garfield Sinclair said yesterday, “The Marsh Harbour Airport site was one of our priority areas for this week. Since Sunday we began testing and were able get two-way calls as of yesterday. Our technical teams on the ground will continue working to provide services to more of the populated areas of Abaco.”
Mobile services extend to the government complex and immediate surrounding areas of the Marsh Harbour Airport. Sinclair, along with a team of BTC team members, visited both Marsh Harbour and Grand Bahama yesterday to assess the restoration progress and meet with teams on the ground.
“Our services are fully operational in South Abaco including Sandy Point, Cherokee Sound and Casuarina and we have not had any issues in the South at all,” Sinclair continued.
BTC is providing free Wi-Fi at several locations including Culmerville Plaza, Christ the King and Church of the Ascension in Grand Bahama, as well as at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gym and at the Fox Hill Community Centre in New Providence. The company will also be providing several additional Wi-Fi spots across the island. Mobile services have been restored to several areas in Grand Bahama including Freeport, Lewis Yard, Coral Reef Estates, Chesapeake, Our Lucaya, South Bahamia West, Midshipman Road, West End, Eight Mile Rock, Taino Beach, Our Lucaya Hotel, The Container Port and Bootle Bay West.
In addition to its network restoration efforts, BTC has evacuated more than one hundred and sixty team members and their families to New Providence. The company has also provided more than 55,000 pounds of immediate relief supplies and has donated generators to the emergency room doctors. The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation has pledged $500,000 towards relief and restoration efforts.