Telesur and EBS ink partnership agreement
The Telecommunications Company Suriname (Telesur) and the Energy Company Suriname (EBS) on Monday inked a partnership agreement aimed at expanding the national band width plan. Mike Antonius, acting director at Telesur, explained that the telecom company would utilize the utility poles of the EBS for the installation of fiber glass cables.
Antonius also explained that the telecom provider currently provides internet service via a so-called copper network. “The copper network that has been in service since the eighties has proven its usefulness but unfortunately the old network has already reached its maximum potential. The world longs for a much faster internet connection which is why the company can’t stay behind and must keep up the pace with the latest developments,” said Antonius who added that the so-called fiber network will enable the company to deliver more band width to households and companies. Telesur is currently carrying out a pilot project in the Doekhie Project. After the new band width network had been installed internet connection speeds of about 40 mb were recorded. The pilot project started 2 months ago and the company has already installed more than 160 kilometers of cables.
The general director at the EBS, Rabin Parmessar, pointed out that the plans for the partnership agreement had a rocky start because the EBS staff members were not eager to collaborate with Telesur. Parmessar explained that it took a lot of convincing to get everybody on the same page. He explained that some of the staff members wanted to stick to the idea that companies should stick to their core business. In other words the EBS should stick to supplying electricity and the Telesur should stick to providing telecom services. Parmessar explained that it is time to think outside the box and that these two state companies should give priority to the nation’s best interest. He explained that Telesur would unnecessarily have to invest a lot of money in installing poles for its network while the EBS already has a huge network of existing utility poles nationwide.