Manufacturing, installation and testing completed in record time of less than six months for Phase I of contract with Bahamas Telecommunications Company, Ltd.MORRISTOWN, NJ - April 25, 2006 --
Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc., a leading supplier of undersea fiber optic networks and marine services, announced that it has completed Phase I of network construction under the terms of a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC), for the Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network (BDSNi). The system will link the Bahamian islands of Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Ragged Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Cat Island, Abaco, and Grand Bahama in a self healing ring architecture. The Network will also provide a link from Matthew Town, Inagua to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Phase I includes seven landing points which make up the western half of the total system ring is more than 1100 kilometres of cable, and establishes connectivity between the islands of Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Ragged Island and Inagua.
Under the terms of the contract, Tyco Telecommunications supplied all aspects of the project for Phase I, including network design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and testing. In addition, execution of this phase was challenged by the unique geographic conditions presented at some of the islands. The high-capacity, next generation repeaterless undersea fiber optic cable system is capable of carrying up to 1.92 Tb/s of transmission capacity when fully upgraded. This first phase of the project was broken into two phases. Phase IA included the initial connectivity to all islands and was ready for commercial traffic on December 31, 2005, only five and a half months after the supply contract was signed on July 12, 2005. Phase IB, which increased the number of low speed drops on some of the islands, was completed by March 15, 2006. The eastern half of the ring is expected to be completed in Phase II and be ready for service by August, 2006. BDSNi is designed to satisfy the increasing demands for voice, data and Internet bandwidth and the accelerating use of broadband services in the Bahamas.
According to Leon Williams, acting president and chief executive officer, BTC, “The timeline for this first phase of BDSNi literally pushed the industry’s envelope, and there were some who doubted that it could be done by December 31, 2005. However, Tyco Telecommunications handed this working cable to BTC on that day, as was committed to the Government of the Bahamas. We are very pleased with the performance of the whole team and we look forward with anticipation to the completion of Phase II in mid-2006.”
“The successful completion of Phase I of BDSNi required effective teamwork between the BTC and Tyco Telecommunication teams,” said Michael Rieger, vice president of Sales, Marketing and Project Management, Tyco Telecommunications. “From the start, Tyco Telecommunications made a commitment to meet this aggressive schedule and deliver the highest quality large scale non-repeatered system to BTC by December 31. We are proud to have met this challenge, and pleased to provide to the Bahamas the gateways to high speed communications technology. We are ready to tackle Phase II.”
About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, is the industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. Based in Morristown, NJ, Tyco Telecommunications is dedicated to providing organizations around the world with total solutions and support for undersea optical systems.
For more information visit www.tycotelecom.com.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC), The Bahamas’ incumbent telecommunications carrier was established over 100 years ago with 1,100 plus employees today. The Company is 100% owned by the Bahamas Government and is currently servicing 133,936 landline subscribers (45.57% penetration); 90,122 TDMA cellular subscribers (69% prepaid; 31% postpaid); 100,000 GSM cellular subscribers (95% prepaid, 5% postpaid); 12,000 DSL subscribers and 8,000 Dial-up Internet subscribers.
BTC also has joint ownership of Bahamas II Fiber Optic Submarine Cable connecting New Providence & Grand Bahama to the USA; and owns capacity in ARCOS for International, restoration and domestic use.
BTC has 53 Payment Centers deployed in the major population centers of The Bahamas.