State-owned fixed voice, mobile and fixed broadband operator Servicio di Telecomunicacion di Aruba (SETAR) has presented its 2024 budget to Aruba’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Communication and Sustainable Development, Geoffrey Wever, who approved an investment plan amounting to AWG70 million (USD38.6 million), BNNbreaking reports. The investment will support SETAR in continuing its aims ‘to connect every home in Aruba to fibre and implement 5G technology’, among other initiatives. Additionally, SETAR is expected to pay a dividend of AWD5.5 million to its sole shareholder the Government of Aruba. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that SETAR chose Nokia to implement an end-to-end 5G network transformation in December 2019, initially aiming for island-wide 5G-ready connectivity ‘within two years’, but the commercialisation of 5G technology has taken longer than originally anticipated.

SETAR also added ‘Responsible Connectivity’ as a ‘sixth strategic pillar’, committing to bettering Aruba’s environment by ‘not only offering top-tier connectivity solutions but also ensuring these solutions are implemented responsibly.’

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