TELBO, the incumbent full-service telecoms provider on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, has started the deployment of its island-wide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, with the rollout expected to be complete within three years. In an interview with Telecompaper, company representative Erik van de Oever disclosed that the deployment has started in the Amboina area of capital Kralendijk and the first connections should be activated in mid-May. The rollout will continue this year in Amboina, Nikiboko Zuid (main road only), Hato, Kralendijk, Belnem and Sabadeco. Antriol, Kralendijk, Nikiboko, Tera Kora, Salina, Republiek and Santa Barbara will follow in 2016, with the rest of the country connected in 2017. All copper users will be switched to fibre connections automatically.
In related news, van de Oever noted that TELBO’s planned Long Term Evolution (LTE) network could go live as early as this month. While the build-out is complete and testing has reached the final phase, regulatory approval for the launch is still pending.