There is good news for persons in need of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). The technique long blocked by national phone company BTL will now be unrestricted beginning tomorrow, Tuesday. Prime Minister Dean Barrow breaks the news and explains how the technology will be used.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow;
At the end of this month, which I believe is tomorrow, BTL will enable full and open access to VOIP-based services and applications in Belize.
And so this will mean the use of BTL’s high speed internet services, including DSL, wireless internet and mobile internet, and will mean that there will be nio restriction whatsoever on Voice over Internet Protocol. BTL says this will immediately allow over two hundred thousand Belizeans currently with BTL’s residential internet, and with internet on Digicel’s mobile services, to gain immediate access to the many other VOIP-based applications and services that are not currently available. Of course this ability to now freely access VOIP will further harness the power of the internet, and allow Belizeans to enhance many facets of their lives, particularly in areas such as long distance learning with video-conferencing capabilities, computer to computer conversations with families and friends abroad, and even internet-based television.
BTL has agreed to allow VOIP despite projected losses of $7 million in revenue.