Aliv restoring telecommunications in impacted zones

Aliv restoring telecommunications in impacted zones

90 per cent restoration in GB, critical communications up in Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A week after Hurricane Dorian leveled communities in Grand Bahama and Abaco, Aliv said it has restore 21 of its 34 site in Freeport and West End, Grand Bahama and restored critical communication in Marsh Harbour Abaco.

“In Grand Bahama, we now have 21 of our 34 Aliv sites on air — in Freeport and West End,” Aliv said. “These sites provide service to about 90 per cent of the population of Grand Bahama.

“During the upcoming week, we will work to deliver an additional six sites in these areas to further enhance our network capacity.  The remaining sites in East End will be restored as soon as the relevant authorities have repaired the road in order to gain earliest possible access.

“In Abaco, we have service in Marsh Harbour providing critical communication lifelines and we recently restored service in Fox Town in the north.  By mid-week we expect to restore service to the settlements between Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. By next weekend we expect to bring our service in the south of Abaco online.

“In order to restore our network as rapidly as possible, we are shipping and airlifting equipment and resources daily. Our next deployment into Marsh Harbour will take place late Monday afternoon and will also bring back persons wishing to leave the island.

“Over the course of the last week, the Aliv teams have been on the ground working to provide immediate relief and assistance to those in Grand Bahama and Abaco.  Our primary concern at all times has been to ensure that all those impacted by this devastating experience are able to get back on their feet and communicate with their loved ones as rapidly as possible. We have pledged to do all that we can to make this happen.

“In this spirit, Aliv has offered BTC the ability for their customers in Grand Bahama and Abaco to use their phones on Aliv’s 3G network for essential communication services. We expect BTC will reciprocate.”

Aliv added, “This weekend our respective engineering teams have worked to make this a reality by Monday… at the latest. Given the scale of this national emergency, Aliv has proposed that we both waive the normal charges that would apply to these national roaming services for the next 14 days.  We are focused on leading the restoration of essential national services and helping people rebuild their lives and livelihoods. We are with you.”