Director of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP-SXM) Mr. Antony Carty together with supporting staff paid a visit to St. Lucia to attend ECTEL’s 15th Anniversary Conference called “Committed to Broadband and Open Access in a Digital Word”, on the 11th & 12th of May in Rodney Bay – St. Lucia.

The two-day conference was organized to celebrate the achievements of Multi-State telecom regulator of the Eastern Caribbean ECTEL over the past 15 years, and to create a platform to discuss the role of broadband in economic growth of nations. Key note speaker at the conference was Saint Lucia Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.

COO of BTP-SXM, Mr. Giovanni King, was on a panel on the second day of the conference to address the regional and international telecommunications delegates on cross border interference issues that are a challenge as it relates to spectrum management in St. Maarten and neighboring territories. Recommendations on the way forward for spectrum allocation harmonization were part of his address.

The conference was well attended and very informative. Director of BTP-SXM Mr. Anthony Carty stated: “BTP-SXM will remain committed to collaborate with counterparts in the region for the further development of policies related to ICT, broadband development and Quality of Service standards. Global studies have indicated that building broadband has a positive effect on GDP, productivity, and employment growth of a country. It’s therefore of great importance that we as the regulator work closely together with the Ministry of TEATT to update current telecom policies and develop new policies to drive innovation in St. Maarten”.