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#516875 - 08/16/16 11:11 AM BTL Will Run Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro!!!!
Marty Offline
BTL will run a fiber optic undersea cable from Bomba to San Pedro. It's a breakthrough for the island town because it will enable much faster internet speeds and data connectivity on the island.

The 13 million dollar project is called the Strategic Evolution Underwater Link - and it is being done in partnership with Hauwei - and the contract was signed today. Chairman of the Executive Committee Anwar Barrow explained:...

Anwar Barrow, Chair, Executive Committee - BTL
"What we are doing today is we are announcing that we are signing a deal with Huawei for some 13 million Belize dollars to lay a fiber optic cable from Belize mainland to San Pedro Town. This we already started the preliminary work and survey work to lay the cable. We plan to start laying it the first quarter of 2017 and we should complete the cable by July. What the cable does is that the cable connects out terrestrial network to San Pedro and will allow us a company to deliver the type of data and speeds that customers in San Pedro want and need. So this project is important in terms of not only the commercial implications for BTL, the ability for the resorts and the customers on San Pedro to have a better experience, but also for the people visiting Belize and therefore it's important for the country. With better connectivity, there are better opportunities. It positions San Pedro even more in the space to grow."

Javier Guiterrez, Manager - Banyan Bay
"One of the biggest complaints that we find in the resorts presently in San Pedro is the fact that we don't have proper internet connection. People come on vacation and you would wonder, do they really want internet. But you know what, today that's what they really want and when it's not working well, they will complain. That's the number one complaint on the island right now."

Jules Vasquez
"When you read your resort reviews, is that among the number one complaints? People do have complaints. Is that among the number one complaints that the internet wasn't reliable or wasn't fast enough?"

Javier Guiterrez, Manager - Banyan Bay
"I can safely tell you yes. I manage Banyan Bay and yes that is the key or the number problem that we have. People will always put on those comments that the internet is poor and we are very happy and we look forward to increasing the speed of the internet."

Nicholas Scavone, Manager - Portofino
"Having this improve bandwidth means that BTL will be able to provide a more reliable and consistent level of service over the long haul. Hospitality and tourism is a very highly technology intensive industry. I get my reservations over the internet, we get our payments over the internet, we real-time have our inventory and our rooms done over the internet, the better bandwidth I have and the more reliable that bandwidth is, the better I am able to service my guests and get people into my property."

The cable will span 24 kilometers or 15 miles. Tomorrow we'll tell you about BTL's plan to launch a programme called fiber optic in homes.

Channel 7


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#516891 - 08/16/16 06:30 PM Re: BTL Will Run Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro!!!! [Re: Marty]
joekerland Offline
One step closer to me being able to consistently work remotely =) Moving to San Pedro will be that much closer =) YAY!!!!

yes I understand it may not be completed immediately

but i also don't get the top complaint is weak or no wifi - vacation is meant to unplug =) I turn mine off except for taking pictures =)

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#516897 - 08/17/16 10:59 AM Re: BTL Will Run Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro!!!! [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

BTL Wants To Take Fiber To Homes

Last night we told you about BTL's plan to run a 13 million dollar submarine fiber optic cable to San Pedro Town. That won't land on the island until July of 2017, and during that 11-month window BTL has to try and lay out fiber optic infrastructure on the island - otherwise, it'll be like having a racecar, without a racetrack. Chairman of the Executive Committee Anwar Barrow said that fiber is the future of internet to your home and business, and the company is starting a new programme of residential fiber connection:...

Anwar Barrow, Chair, Executive Committee - BTL
"We have a series of fiber to the home projects that we are going to be inaugurating at the end of this month starting off and we also have one in San Pedro which goes hand in hand with this link and what that is that we are building out fiber throughout the island and throughout the country to connect people's home directly by fiber connection. Right now most of the homes are connected by copper wires which are old, which have been degraded and we are replacing that. It's a very tedious and capital intensive process with fiber optic connections where we can and San Pedro being the market that it is, we have engaged in a project out there which should finish shortly before the cable is completed and that along with the cable is going to leap from the capability in San Pedro and the offering in San Pedro from BTL up to one that is cutting edge and on the forefront worldwide."

Nicholas Scavone, Manager - Portofino
"As this comes online and the backbone within the island gets built up and we probably would go for that."

Steward Fairweather, Field Supervisor
"The company is currently in the process of doing the fiber to the home over and at San Pedro. So even before the submarine fiber cable is done, we are already in the process of doing the actual fiber optic to the resorts itself. It's like we are going to coincide together. So by the time that cable comes in, they will already have the fiber optic cable already to their resorts and they can interconnect with that and get whatever speeds they want."

BTL has not announced the cost for fiber connection yet, but right now the price point for the service is at the high end of the spectrum.

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#516902 - 08/17/16 11:28 AM Re: BTL Will Run Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro!!!! [Re: Marty]
bobcat bill Offline
My Cable Provider "Metronet" charges $70.00usd for 200/25speed

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#516907 - 08/17/16 12:12 PM Re: BTL Will Run Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro!!!! [Re: Marty]
Jameela01 Offline
We live North of the bridge, our internet with Coral Cable is great, fast, reliable, but our television cable is another matter! We continue getting messages across our screen that interrupts our picture

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#516922 - 08/17/16 09:43 PM Re: BTL Will Run Submarine Fiber Optic To San Pedro!!!! [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
My Coral Cable internet is intermittent. This is a problem.
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