BTC to Roll out LTE by Year-End

Wireless monopoly holder Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) plans to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) services later this year as part of its Christmas marketing campaign. The network will be deployed by Chinese vendor Huawei and will be first available in New Providence, before being expanded throughout the rest of the country. The new platform, which will be capable of theoretical top speeds of 100Mbps, will enable BTC customers to use services such as video calling and streaming of high definition (HD) video. BTC was awarded a 15-year license for 24MHz of LTE-suitable frequencies in the 700MHz range in September 2012. The introduction of 4G has long been part of BTC’s plans to prepare for the arrival of competitors in the market when its monopoly on wireless services expires next year. The LTE launch also echoes the company’s December 2011 introduction of HSPA+ services – marketed as ‘4G’ by the cellco – which BTC claimed in October 2012 had led to an 800% increase in wireless data traffic.

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