Tag Archives: Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)

How will regional regulators respond to CWC’s acquisition of Columbus?

Can telecommunications regulators from across the Caribbean see beyond their national interests and present a unified regional response to a common challenge? The recent announcement by Cable and Wireless (CWC) of its proposed US$3 billion acquisition of Columbus International could prompt them to try.

If approved, the deal will make CWC the Caribbean’s largest wholesale and retail broadband service provider. But the acquisition requires regulatory approval in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados. Continue reading How will regional regulators respond to CWC’s acquisition of Columbus?

T&T “very active” in global Internet debate, says ISOC boss

Sebastián Bellagamba, ISOC regional bureau director for Latin America and The Caribbean
Sebastián Bellagamba, ISOC regional bureau director for Latin America and The Caribbean

T&T has come in for praise from the international community supporting the global Internet.

Raul Echeberría, vice president of global engagement at the Internet Society, described T&T as “very active” in high-level international debates on issues related to the governance of the global Internet. Continue reading T&T “very active” in global Internet debate, says ISOC boss

TTIX key to internet economy growth

Left to right, Ronald Mohammed, IPTV technologies manager, TSTT, Rehanna Jaleel, legal and regulatory manager, and Kurleigh Prescod, vice president network services, Columbus Communications, at the Internet Society's INET TT Forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority, Barataria, October 8 and 9, 2014, PHOTO: GERARD BEST
Left to right, Ronald Mohammed, IPTV technologies manager, TSTT, Rehanna Jaleel, legal and regulatory manager, and Kurleigh Prescod, vice president network services, Columbus Communications, at the Internet Society’s INET TT Forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority, Barataria, October 8 and 9, 2014, PHOTO: GERARD BEST

The recent establishment of an Internet exchange point (IXP) in T&T is a necessary step in strengthening the country’s local Internet economy. But it is not enough, says Bevil Wooding, Internet Strategist with Packet Clearing House (PCH).

“The launch of the local internet exchange point, TTIX, is definitely a positive step for internet users and in the development of the Trinidad and Tobago internet economy. However, the launch of an IX is not enough to guarantee its success,” Wooding said, speaking with the T&T Guardian after taking part in a panel discussion on IXPs as part of the Internet Society’s (ISOC) INET TT Forum, hosted by the Telecommunications Authority (TATT) on October 8 and 9. Continue reading TTIX key to internet economy growth

T&T launches internet exchange point

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 4.34.49 PMT&T has become the latest Caribbean nation to launch an Internet exchange point (IXP).

Called TTIX, the local IXP brings together seven of the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs). Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT), Digicel, Massy Communications, Open Telecom, Greendot, Lisa Communications and Flow have signed on to the local exchange point. Continue reading T&T launches internet exchange point

BrightPath Foundation brings TechLink to T&T

BrightPath founder and executive director Bevil Wooding. Photo courtesy: BrightPath Foundation
BrightPath founder and executive director Bevil Wooding. Photo courtesy: BrightPath Foundation

Secondary school teachers and students will be immersed in a day of technology gadgets, spacemen and science experiments when the BrightPath TechLink program comes to T&T on September 27. “TechLink combines hands-on technology training with fun-filled creative activity, wrapped into a values-based learning experience that we believe can benefit participant for life,” BrightPath Foundation executive director Bevil Wooding told T&T Guardian. Continue reading BrightPath Foundation brings TechLink to T&T

Legacy of 1804: Caribbean cellcos block VoIP in Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad

Blogosphere and ICT Pulse on Alice Backer's Legacy of 1804
Blogosphere and ICT Pulse on Alice Backer’s Legacy of 1804

Can you hear me now?

Tonight at 9 Eastern, I join Michele Marius (ICT Pulse), Gary Dauphin (USC Annenberg) and Pascal Antoine (HaitiXchange), to discuss Caribbean cellcos’ move to block VoIP in Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Tune in to Legacy of 1804, hosted by Alice Backer.

Director of Public Prosecutions orders probe into CCN TV6’s airing of child rape video clip

via Saturday Express

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard has instructed the police to investigate the airing of a video clip on Ian Alleyne’s “Crime Watch” programme on CCN TV6.

“I have directed police to conduct a criminal investigation immediately,” Gaspard told the Express in a telephone interview yesterday.

“What was disclosed to me by the Telecommunications Authority strongly suggests a need for a criminal investigation,” he added.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of crime, Harold Phillip, confirmed to the Express that he had in fact received correspondence from the DPP only yesterday.

Phillip described the ongoing police exercise as “a serious investigation”.

“We will give it the seriousness it deserves,” he said.

The video clip, which shows the rape of a 13-year-old girl, was aired on TV6 on October 25 at 6 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. and on October 26 at 6 p.m.

The clip was the subject of a release issued by Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) on October 31, which stated that the Authority had “written CCN TV6  and forwarded a copy of that letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions in view of the potential breach of the Sexual Offences Act, by airing on television a video clip showing the rape of a child”.

The airing of the video triggered expressions of public outrage from several sectors of civil society, including the Media Association, the Trinidad and Tobago Broadcasters and Publishers Association and the Rape Crisis Society.

On October 31, on his Crime Watch programme, Alleyne defended his decision to air the video and apologised.

Although he admitted the face of the victim was shown in error, Alleyne said his detractors would not stop him from doing his job. He further pointed out that the incident shown in the video clip had happened since June and the suspect was arrested only after the video was shown.