Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) Recommendations for Radio Spectrum Regulations

via Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) has, over the past few years, launched a series of initiatives which collectively seek to further develop and transform the national economy leading to “the development of an Information Society and the attainment of developed country status by Trinidad and Tobago by the year 2020”.

One of the major initiatives undertaken was the development of a National Information and Communications Technology (NICT) Plan [1] in which several programs aimed at the development of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector have been launched.

A key enabler of the NICT plan was the de-monopolization and liberalization of the telecommunications sector and the opening of the telecommunications market to competition in Trinidad and Tobago.

In order to facilitate the objectives of the NICT Plan and the commitment to the WTO, it was necessary to establish the legal and regulatory framework by means of a Telecommunications Act which was passed in 2001.This led to the establishment of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, hereinafter referred to as “the Authority” or “TATT”, on 1st July 2004.

Another factor which contributed to the liberalization of the telecommunications sector was the fact that, within the General Agreement in Trade in Services (GATS) under the World Trade Organization, GoRTT had given the commitment to the opening of services in the telecommunications sector to competition by 2009 [3].

One of the first imperatives of the Authority was the development of the overall regulatory framework including the relevant telecommunications’ policies and regulations required under the Telecommunications Act.One such document is the “Radio Spectrum Regulations” which is essential in establishing the framework for the granting of access to the radio frequency spectrum for the provision of telecommunications services, both to the general public and for private use.

Under the Telecommunications Act of 2001, the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) is mandated to manage the radio frequency spectrum in Trinidad and Tobago.

The primary objective of the Radio Spectrum Regulations is to provide a regulatory framework for the management of the radio frequency spectrum.

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