In an interview with the Curacao Chronicle, Glen Carty, CEO of Caribbean telecoms group United Telecommunication Services (UTS), has confirmed that it has launched 4G LTE technology on the island of Saba on 20 December. Saba, which is situated south of Sint Maarten, became the smallest special municipality of the Netherlands on 10 October 2010 following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles. The volcanic island is home to around 2,000 people. The development follows UTS’s recent deployment of LTE on the island of Sint Eustatius.
Carty also noted that the telco’s Sint Maarten-based LTE network now comprises 28 cell sites, up from 20 at launch. Meanwhile, in terms of fixed line infrastructure UTS has commenced the deployment of a fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B) network on Sint Maarten. The areas initially covered by the infrastructure have been named as Cupecoy, Simpson Bay, Cole Bay and Dawn Beach, while the network will be extended to Indigo Bay and Pelican in early 2017.
The company also harbours plans to offer LTE on the French-administered territories of Saint-Martin (part of the same land-mass as Sint Maarten) and nearby Saint-Barthelemy, and is currently in discussions with the French authorities. In a further development, Carty says that UTS is keen to continue doing business on the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis, but will be actively seeking a strategic partner in the New Year.