Hurricane Joaquin Restoration Brings Fiber Network to Rum Cay, Bahamas

  • BTC Bahamas
RUM CAY, BAHAMAS — After the devastation of Hurricane Joaquin late last year, BTC, a provider of telephone, Internet and mobile products in The Bahamas, decided that instead of repairing the existing infrastructure, it would completely upgrade the devastated islands. As a result, residents of Rum Cay, have been upgraded to FTTH, which allows BTC to provide its FLOW TV services to the residents.

“BTC has not and will not turn its back on the southeast islands," said CEO Leon Williams. "Our people deserve to have the same access to modern communications solutions, regardless of their location. These residents are experiencing speeds that are 100 percent faster, and the introduction of FTTH for Rum Cay allows us to provide our FLOW TV product. We are continuing to do our part not just repairing service, but impacting lives along the way. We continue to house the children of Rum Cay at our BTC office as their school undergoes renovations. We have also made our office a hotspot in the aftermath of Joaquin, allowing the residents an opportunity to get away from it all.”

Fiber Proves Good for Business

Trevellyn Bain, second-generation owner of the Ocean View Restaurant and Bar on Rum Cay was connected via fiber becoming the island’s first FLOW TV tester. After almost two weeks of testing, Mr. Bain says, “so far so good.”

He added that the product has boosted his business. “This is something new to the island. I have it installed in the bar, and a lot of customers stop by every day and every night to check it out and they love it. The customers are responding well to the fast Wi-Fi Internet thanks to FTTH’s super-fast broadband, and they are watching their favorite channels like A&E, TBS, TNT, movies and of course the Miami Heat games. This will be a good thing for Rum Cay when it comes.”

More Channel Choices
BTC has officially introduced over 100 television channels to the residents of Bimini, the first Island to have FLOW TV. Since December 2015 customers have been experiencing the fully optimized television service with progressive features including pause, rewind and fast forward. According to Bain, residents want more selection and are looking forward to the choices that FLOW TV provides. “We only had the six channels on wireless cable and there is no comparison. This is awesome, there are so many channels you just can’t compare,” he said.

BTC is currently testing television services in Cat Island, Exuma, Andros, Long Island and New Providence. BTC has indicated that it will deliver services to the Family Islands first before extending its television services to New Providence. FLOW TV is now commercially available in Bimini and Inagua.


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