Telecommunications Bureau scanning towers for illegal coverage, structural integrity

POSTED: 06/22/11 11:54 AM

St. Maarten – Bureau Telecommunication and Post St. Maarten is currently executing tower scans on strategically chosen transmitter sites on St. Maarten and St. Martin Mobile Networks. The aim is to identify potential infringements of the frequency coordination agreement between Anguilla, France and Netherlands Antilles telecommunications authorities as it relates to intentional coverage of foreign territories by neighboring operators. According to a statement the Bureau’s technical experts are working around the clock to ensure regulatory compliance of all operators on the island and also monitor the proper use of spectrum.

The Tower Scans are executed with state of the art equipment and in collaboration with Neptuno, a Venezuela based company with extensive experience in the area of engineering, custom-design and professional installation of towers, monopoles, shelters and accessories for the communications industry. The main focus of this scanning campaign is verifying the alignment of the different antennas to guarantee that all mobile providers operating in St. Maarten/Saint Martin are adhering to the stipulations of the frequency coordination agreement between the islands. The structural integrity of towers and antennae is also being assessed.

The results of the scans will form the basis for the upcoming spectrum coordination meetings, between the BT&P and regulators from France, Anguilla and Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba starting June 27th 2011.

“Regulation of the telecommunication industry is exactly what these scans are all about. With the results the Bureau will be able to irrefutably indentify those operators that are intentionally covering foreign territory, but will also have insight into the structural integrity of towers and their capability to withstand hurricane force winds. The 3D scans are the first ever conducted on St. Maarten and have never been conducted in the former Netherlands Antilles setting,” Interim director of Bureau Telecommunication and Post, Peggy-Ann Brandon stated

 

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