By Marion Ali
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) announced it is in the final stages of selecting a mobile network vendor to build and launch its Mobile Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in 2016, expected to be among the fastest, most robust mobile data networks in Central America.
Chairman of the BTL Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow has said that the company’s ambition is to catapult Belize to the top of the region in terms of the quality and speed of both mobile and landline broadband speeds.
“Our customers – business and residential – are using their mobile devices more and more to access the internet on the go. They demand and expect to be able to stream YouTube and Netflix, play games, do video conference calls and conduct business in a seamless way whether they are at work, at home or out on the road…Our planned investment in mobile LTE will give them speed 10 to 20 times faster than what they get today. And this will allow them to do anything they want to do,” Barrow said.
LTE is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It allows for an increased capacity and speed, using a different radio interface together with core network improvements.
The company expects to finalize the selection of its LTE vendor within the next few weeks and to begin deployment of the new network shortly thereafter.
BTL is also investing millions of dollars to upgrade its 4G network to meet an “overwhelming demand for its mobile data product.” BTL said the upgrades should be completed before end of this year and will boost the performance and speed of the 4G network throughout the country.