TelEm management and staff. (File photo)
POND ISLAND–The TelEm Group of Companies is joining other telecommunication companies on the island, in the regional and around the world in celebration of the fiftieth World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) being observed today Friday. In observance of the day, TelEm Group offices will be closed from 12:00 noon today.
WTISD is marked by telecommunications companies each year to bring focus to all workers in the telecommunication industry worldwide and on the important services and technologies provided to communities – especially those with limited resources.
This year the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is looking inward, in celebration of its 50th year of overseeing recognition of WTISD by promoting the theme “bridging the standardisation gap.”
TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kendall Dupersoy called on company personnel to reflect on the service they continue to provide to customers and the community generally, and the important role they are playing in a constantly evolving telecommunications sector.
“Local telcos today, in smaller developing communities like ours, exponentially have to invest as much, and sometimes many times more than more developed countries to keep our communities connected with the latest innovations and telecommunication advancements. No sooner than one technology is implemented, another takes its place, with huge costs required just to keep up with the rest of the world,” said Dupersoy.
He said there is no better time than the present to revisit the ITU theme of standardisation in all its forms, so that level playing fields can be created and promoted throughout the telecommunication industry.
“At TelEm Group we are playing our part by providing customers and St. Maarten with an island-wide fibre-optic network. We continue to improve broadband capacity to the island; however, 5G technology is already around the corner and with it all the other innovations and possibilities for our communities and the consumer. Once again we have to standardise so that we can future-proof what we have now, looking forward to the future,” said Dupersoy.
He thanked management and staff for their continued hard work in the industry and the efforts they put in each day to keep family, friends and businesses connected, and he urged staff to reflect on how the industry has continued to provide them with a source of income for themselves and their loved ones.
“We all have our part to play and we can feel very proud of reaching and celebrating a milestone of 50 years of celebrating our own day – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day,” said Dupersoy.