Broadband Internet on Eleuthera

System Links Bahamian Islands

Tyco has also 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 1,100 kilometers 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.

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