UTS reveals it has three cell sites in St. Barths

POSTED: 07/6/11 1:19 PM

WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY – A press statement from United Telecommunications Service (UTS) reveals that the telecommunication company has three cell towers in St. Barths, but is not officially doing business there. The towers have been erected to ensure that people who frequently travel between St. Maarten and St. Barths continue to get cell phone coverage.

The statement, which focuses on the company’s financial performance and outlook for the coming year, is the first time the company has said it has a presence in St. Barths. The company’s director Paul de Geus is steering clear of saying UTS is active in the French territory.

“In 2010 we sold our operations in St. Kitts and launched our operation in St. Barths. We do not focus on the St. Barths market. We have no office and do no advertising. It actually falls under our operation in St. Maarten. We focus on mobile phone users who travel from St. Maarten to St. Barths. Setting this up cost us less than 500, 000 guilders,” De Guess said.

The St. Kitts operation was sold because of heavy losses and heavy criticism.

Other investments the company has made include additional cell towers in Suriname’s interior in order to meet the requirements in its license. The statement also states that the company plans to cut its spending and attract more pre-paid and post paid customers in the Netherlands, where it operates under the name D-UTS.

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