BTC and Ericsson evolve mobile broadband in Bahamas

2011-12-12 Categories: Press Releases

  • Ericsson selected as sole supplier for network enhancements by providing new core and radio HSPA network, which includes the latest RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations
  • Bahamas will benefit from the latest mobile technology and improved services, with particular benefits for smartphone users
  • Professional services, such as, network design, systems integration, and network deployment are included in the contract

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by BTC, the Bahamas subsidiary of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) group, as the sole supplier of their new mobile network. Under the contract, Ericsson will provide a new radio and packet core network and its latest RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations, enhancing the capabilities of BTC’s network and improving coverage, capacity and quality.

BTC provides fixed and mobile services throughout the Bahamas islands, meaning that all Bahamians will benefit from the network modernization, enjoying fast and seamless mobile broadband connections on their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The upgrade also includes a modernization of the GSM network, which will provide better coverage, higher capacity and better data speeds on the EDGE network. As a major tourist and business destination, visitors to the Bahamas will now be able to enjoy high quality services with HSPA while visiting Bahamas.

Ericsson’s leading HSPA technology provides fast data-transmission speeds, boosts network capacity and lowers response times for interactive services. The new HSPA-enabled network will allow BTC to offer a range of new services, such as high-speed mobile internet access, video telephony, and other innovative multimedia services.

Geoff Houston, CEO of BTC, says: “An important part of our mandate is to ensure that the Bahamas is served by the most modern telecoms technology available and that our consumer, enterprise and carrier customers have access to world-class services. We know Ericsson can deliver this for us. Ericsson will vastly improve our mobile network and give our customers the exceptional experience they deserve. The new Ericsson technology will also reduce our energy consumption, which will have a positive impact on the environment”

Martin Roos, Head of Ericsson in the Caribbean, says: “We are proud to provide our customers the ability to deliver new advanced services and allowing them to evolve their networks and operations to more cost efficient solutions based on all-IP infrastructure and multi standard solutions such as the RBS 6000. The project in the Bahamas has been executed with record speed, and we are pleased that BTC has been able to launch their new network ahead of the Christmas season.”

The contract, which includes replacement of the existing core and radio network, incorporates the latest RBS 6000, a multi-standard radio base station which supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE, providing a cost-effective deployment for next-generation high-speed mobile broadband and multimedia application services while providing subscribers with a superior user experience.

Ericsson will also be responsible for a range of professional services, such as, network design, systems integration, support services, as well as network deployment and integration.

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Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 180 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

Ericsson has enjoyed a presence in Latin America since 1896, when it signed an agreement in Colombia and for the first time delivered equipment to the region. In the early 1900s, Ericsson increased its presence in Latin America by signing commercial deals in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Today, Ericsson is present in 56 countries within South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ericsson is the market-leading telecom supplier, with a market share of more than 40 percent in Latin America and more than 100 signed telecom services contracts in the region.

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About BTC
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is the leading telecoms operator in The Bahamas. We are jointly owned by Cable & Wireless Communications (51%) and the Government of The Bahamas (49%). Cable & Wireless Communications has both management and Board control.

We are the exclusive mobile operator in The Bahamas, as well as a leading provider of fixed-line, broadband services, enterprise and carrier services.
We are a significant investor into the Bahamian community, supporting organisations such as the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) and organising events such as the annual BTC Blood Drive and BTC Starmaker contest.

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