BTC connects Haitian data operators over submarine link; cellcos to follow

7 Oct 2009

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has confirmed signing its first contract with a data service provider in Haiti, and expects at least four more wholesale agreements to come by the year’s end, the Nassau Guardian reports. BTC invested USD6 million in a project to extend a submarine fibre-optic cable to Haiti in 2006, the only direct link of its kind with a landing station in the impoverished country. ‘We have a partnership arrangement with [Haitian PSTN operator] Telecommunications d’Haiti (Teleco),’ BTC spokesperson Marlon Johnson told the Bahamian newspaper, adding, ‘The [cable] is in operation… fully functional and transmitting data traffic out of Haiti into the Bahamas and [onwards] to the US…and has customers on it.’ Following several delays, BTC is now anticipating signing up Haiti’s cellular network operators to its international cable carrier services, removing dependency on links from neighbouring Dominican Republic (which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti) and via satellite connections. ‘By the end of the year, I feel confident that we would have at least five major customers on line,’ said Johnson.

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