Digicel unveils Business division in Curacao; UTS lays off 200 employees

29 Nov 2013

Digicel Curacao has launched a dedicated Business Solutions division, the Curacao Chronicle reports. At a lunch event attended by partners Avaya, Broadsoft, Cisco, Blackberry, BLU and Netvision, Sander Gielen, CEO of Digicel’s Dutch Caribbean operations, unveiled an extensive ICT portfolio including cloud backup, managed services, smart metering, vehicle tracking, mobile advertising and mobility solutions.

Elsewhere in Curacao, United Telecommunication Services (UTS) has confirmed plans to lay off 200 of its 600 staff. CEO Paul de Geus commented: ‘These layoffs are inevitable since income has been on a decrease for the last few years. There is no other choice but to lay off a third of the current staff’. Minister of Traffic, Communication and Urban Planning, Earl Balborda, has said that the government is ‘seriously embarrassed’ by the news, and as the sole shareholder in UTS intends to take the telco to task over the layoffs. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, UTS’s revenues slumped from ANG13.6 million (USD7.5 million) in 2011 to just ANG3 million in 2012.

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