TelEm Fibre and Indigo Green Development signed an agreement on Thursday, for the phone company to install state-of-the-art fibre optic technology to luxury Green Homes in Indigo Bay
TelEm Fibre is a branding offshoot of the TelEm Group. The agreement between TelEm Fibre and Indigo Green Development has been weeks in the making and will start with the connection of 25 homes to a brand new fibre optic network that will eventually span the entire Dutch side of St. Maarten.
TelEm Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Brian Mingo signed the agreement with Indigo Green Development Managing Director Rene Lepine.
Mingo said the fibre that will be running into Indigo Green will utilise proprietary techniques that will provide superior connectivity to homes starting at 25MBs to 100MBs once the network is fully installed.
“I want to thank Indigo Green Development and Mr. Lepine for having confidence and trust in us to deliver this new technology to his high-end development,” said Mingo, who also thanked his own TelEm Fibre team for working hard to convince the developer and homeowners in the development to be among the first to sign up. “We have a great team on board who are as excited as I am to revolutionise telecommunication on St. Maarten, and take it to a whole new level with fibre optic technology.
“We are fortunate to have carried out some pilot projects around the island during the past year so we have already ironed out many of the expected installation bugs that would otherwise slow down an island-wide roll out of this size and scope. We plan to begin with projects like Indigo Green while we are connecting districts one at a time to a pre-defined schedule until the entire island is pulsing with our fibre optic cables to the homes and to the businesses,” Mingo said.
The CCO says the possibilities for business, for the island, for education and for leisure will be endless once TelEm Fibre is fully rolled out throughout St. Maarten.
“With fibre technology comes smart technology. It means having apps that monitor your home, your car, even your health Apps and devices that provide information on where you eat, or play or enjoy yourself – everything and anything involving communication is all at your fingertips,” Mingo noted.
He said the only concern at this stage will be meeting the demand of customers and especially high-end business concerns such as Indigo Green Development once the roll-out programme is fully deployed.
Lepine said if TelEm is taking steps to bring the island up to the rest of the world in terms of telecommunications he is wholly supportive of this. “We have clients at Indigo Green Development who are above average in their expectations and needs, and their requests in terms of bandwidth, and we expect TelEm Fibre to take these clients’ experiences to a level of telecommunication that is the same as, if not superior to what they have in the United States or Canada,” said Lepine.
He said he was very proud that Indigo Green Development will be the first new community of its size to get fibre in place and once again wished TelEm Fibre much success in its endeavours.
Philipsburg is the main town and capital of the country of Sint Maarten. The town is situated on a narrow stretch of land between Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond. It functions as the commercial center of Saint Martin island, whereof Sint Maarten encompasses the southern half. Philipsburg has 1,327 inhabitants.
(Originally published in The Daily Herald)