Bahamas Telecommunications goes private, continues IP migration

It's shaping up to be a busy week for The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC). The Bahamian government announced it will sell a 51 percent stake in the company, including operational control. Currently, BTC provides a mix of telecom services throughout the The Bahamas, servicing more than 334,000 wireless (CDMA and GSM) customers, 132,000 fixed line accounts and 18,500 broadband subscribers.

Along with going private, BTC has completed the first phase of its IP network migration. Leveraging Sonus Networks' equipment, the first phase of the network migration effectively will route all of BTC's international Class 4 and Class 5 voice traffic over an all-IP core. As part of this ongoing transition, BTC has set up a geo-redundant site location in Miami, Fla., to address provisioning and switching in the event of a major network outage. The Miami site also allows BTC to terminate traffic to U.S.-based carriers, so it can leverage lower-cost wholesale carrier connection partners.  

For more:
- Cellular News has this report
- Here's the official Sonus Networks release

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