Bahamas Telecom launches Commercial Wireless Services, enabled by Aptilo Networks & Payment enabled by First Atlantic Commerce

First Atlantic Commerce (FAC) Delivers Advanced Multi Currency Credit Card Processing Solution via Secure Payment Platform

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS; HAMILTON, BERMUDA and STOCKHOLM — November 30, 2010 – Paradise just became even more exciting as The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) announced the launch of commercial wireless services through a Wi-Fi mesh network across the region, enabled by Aptilo Networks, the global leader in pre-integrated solutions for control of billing, user services and access in wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX™ and LTE. The system integration was provided by Alcatel-Lucent. 

The service features advanced billing and credit card processing functionality enabled by First Atlantic Commerce (FAC), a leading multi-currency, online payment gateway and fraud risk solutions provider, to provide guests of BTC’s customers – which include major tourist destinations such as Atlantis, Paradise Island, now using the network – a superior Wi-Fi user experience that’s tailored to the needs of the customer (or venue).

FAC is a secure, PCI-certified payment gateway that offers a range of credit card processing and alternative payment options to online merchants across the globe. The company is now providing BTC with Visa and MasterCard transaction processing services, supported by 3-D™ Secure for Verified by Visa and MasterCard® SecureCode™. The objective of 3-D Secure™ is to reduce fraud through the verification of the cardholder at the time of payment in a ‘Card-Not-Present’ environment.

Alcatel-Lucent’s turnkey end-to-end wireless system integration services allows BTC to focus on its core business while leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise with complex multi-vendor networking. BTC is using the Aptilo Service Management Platform™, a field-proven, state-of-the-art system for delivering carrier-grade broadband access services in large public, semi-public and private networks. The platform facilitates easy and scalable service delivery, administration, billing control and monitoring.

“The ability to offer our customers a flexible wireless solution that’s scalable, cost-effective and fast to deploy is critical in today’s economic climate when time-to-revenue is key,” said Howard Mason, Chief Information Officer, BTC. “Alcatel-Lucent’s complete solution enables seamless, simplified installations. Combined with Aptilo’s platform which fast-tracks deployments and the advanced ecommerce solutions from First Atlantic Commerce, this was the right choice for Bahamas Telecom.” 

Aptilo’s feature-rich platform allows BTC to offer their customers a wide array of options such as customized pricing plans for access to pay-for-use services, including premium levels and the capability to utilize a credit card-payment architecture tailored to their clients’ specific needs. BTC can also associate price plans to a specific location (e.g. hotel) or provide a multi location service plan through Aptilo’s location-based and roaming features.

“Pay-for-use wireless models that deliver premium services can deliver significant revenue for today’s businesses,” said Torbjorn Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Aptilo Networks. “BTC installations are an excellent showcase for Aptilo’s full feature set, and the ability to deliver a wireless solution tailored to meet the unique needs of large-scale installations.” 

Additionally, BTC can automatically process and analyze data output from the Wi-Fi service, including usage information and events, using the Aptilo platform. Aptilo also provides comprehensive Quality of Service control.

About The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC)
BTC offers a wide array of cutting edge technology for your home or business with a wide range of products and services designed to suit your individual needs. For all of your communications needs, BTC is your connection to the world. For more information visit

About First Atlantic Commerce
First Atlantic Commerce (FAC) is a leading multi-currency, online payment gateway and fraud risk solutions provider. Headquartered in Bermuda, and established in 1998 to create secure card-based payment solutions for e-businesses, FAC’s cGate® technology offers service, flexibility and security to adapt to many business and bank acquirer requirements. For more information visit 

About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks is the global leader in pre-integrated management solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi, WiMAX™ and LTE networks. Aptilo has become the provider of choice for service providers, enterprises and municipalities in need of a rapidly deployable, scalable service management and policy control solution for wireless networks. From smaller installations to large carrier networks, Aptilo’s solutions have been deployed in more than 45 countries. For more information, please visit 

For further information please contact:

Hillary Call, Public Relations Manager
Aptilo Networks AB
c/o Call Communications
P:             (917) 414-9262

Tricia Lines Hill, VP, Marketing & Corp. Communications
First Atlantic Commerce
P: 441.294.4625 

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