Copper theft knocks out mobile & internet service
Thieves caused a great inconvenience to UTS broadband internet and mobile customers in various neighborhoods when they vandalised a transmitter site on Saturday with the intention of stealing copper cabling. The perpetrators broke into the site location, cut and removed a large portion of transmission cabling, effectively severing communications to several neighborhoods. The outage affected both broadband and mobile service in the neighborhoods of Dawn Beach, Pointe Blanche, Madame Estate and Cay Hill/Belair on St. Maarten. UTS technicians responded to the interruption immediately, working diligently on restoring service to the affected areas.
Service was fully restored by noon on Sunday. "We'd like to commend our technicians for working tirelessly to restore service and for even giving chase to the vandals when it appeared some of them were still on location" says UTS Marketing and Communication Officer, Ivy Lambert. "We appreciate their dedication to the company and to our valued customers. We also sincerely regret the inconvenience caused by the damage to the equipment and are happy to report full restoration of service."