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Apr 11, 2005

B.T.L. expands in Maskall, Lucky Strike

Story PictureMost of the news involving Belize Telecommunications Limited these days has been about the ongoing battle for the company’s ownership. But while the moguls trade legal blows, B.T.L. keeps right on rolling along. The company’s latest expansion programme is targeting the rural areas of Maskall and Lucky Strike villages in the Belize District, where after over three years of waiting, residents finally have low cost access to quality telecom services.

Selvyn Graham, Chairman, Maskall Village
?People had the public phone–a community phone where sometimes you get messages, sometimes you don=t. Then people connect some analogue phones, some bag phones. You go to B.T.L. connect the bag phones, use it in the vehicle, put an antenna on top of your house and you have to pay like one dollar and change a minute. Now, it=s like fifteen cents a minute, so I think this will make a lot of difference in the community. Only about thirty-five people had the analogue phones, now over a hundred people connect to the house phones. So you see the big difference.?

According to B.T.L., the Lucky Strike and Maskall expansion cost one point two million dollars.

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