Telem puts phone lines on software based switch

POSTED: 05/10/11 12:33 PM

St. Maarten – TelEm Group technicians began the final phase of transferring business and residential telephone lines in the Cole Bay area yesterday

The technicians are targeting completion of 700 lines from TelEm Group’s legacy DMS 100 digital switch to a more modern software-based CS2K Soft switch.

So far more than 1,500 lines have been successfully transferred with minimal outages reported, Telem stated in a press release.

Once the Cole Bay area is totally transferred, the company will begin preparations to transfer lines in the Philipsburg area.

According to CS2K cutover project manager and supervisor switching networks Kenneth Blijden, the Cole Bay telephone line transfers were put on hold until after the Carnival celebrations when all hands are available.

“We are looking forward to ending Cole Bay without any incident and moving on to the final cutover area – Philipsburg,” Blijden said.

Close to 4500 lines have been transferred from DMS100 digital switches in the Dawn Beach, Ebenezer, Belvedere, Simpson Bay and Cole Bay areas to date.

As a result of the cutover and to ensure numbers are reconnected immediately after the cutover, TelEm Group technicians will not be carrying out any repairs or new installations in the immediate area of the cutover until the cutover operation is completed.


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