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use of LTE legal
Acting CEO of the Telecom-
of T&T (TATT), Cynthia
that TSTT's promotion
of its new 4G LTE offer-
ing is within the terms and conditions of
its current spectrum license.
With much fanfare, last Friday TSTT
launched its 4G LTE service that currently
provides coverage in Port-Of-Spain, San
Fernando and six sites in Tobago, mostly
in the south of the island.
Dating back to 2014, both mobile service
providers, TSTT and Digicel, have been lob-
bying to have the 700 MHz spectrum re-
leased as it is deemed the most effective for
the current generation of LTE technology.
TSTT chairman Emile Elias has been an
outspoken advocate of the authority al-
lowing access to the 700 MHz spectrum,
going so far as to threaten legal action against
the authority by the TSTT board, and even
challenging the Rowley-led cabinet to deal
with the issue.
Responding to questions from the Busi-
ness Guardian, Reddock-Downes noted
that LTE technology is not limited to one
"LTE technology is not limited to 700MHz
spectrum band alone. It can operate in other
mobile spectrum, including the 850 MHz and
1900 MHz spectrum currently assigned to
the cellular mobile operators in T&T."
Reddock-Downes noted that TSTT had
opted to use a portion of its spectrum to roll
out its LTE offering.
"TSTT has elected to utilise a portion of
its existing mobile spectrum to deploy LTE
technology. TSTT is within the terms and
conditions of its spectrum licence, as it is
only required to notify the Authority of its
choice of mobile technology," she said
The TATT executive reiterated the au-
thority's position on technology neutrality.
"A guiding principle of the Authority is
technology neutrality. When applied to the
use of spectrum, it affords an operator such
as TSTT to deploy whichever technology it
deems optimal for its service offerings."
In a report published on Tuesday, the Na-
tional Infrastructure Commission of the UK
said mobile and wireless connectivity will
continue to be intertwined with levels of
The report said: "Connectivity is becom-
ing ever more important across all sectors,
not just changing how we live our lives as
individuals but also transforming businesses
in all parts of the economy.
Over the next decade, widespread and
high quality mobile coverage could enable
transformational change to sectors such as
connected health, education, transport and
the internet of thing."
Meanwhile, in a notice published in the
Trinidad Guardian on Tuesday, TATT stated
it received an application for the provision
of a Public Broadcasting Service via a "Pub-
lic Telecommunications Network, National
According to the notice an entity titled,
Twenty Four Seven News and Sports Ltd had
submitted the application to the authority.
Questioned about the individuals behind
this application, Reddock-Downes said:
"The application was signed by Harish
Jacelon. The directors of the company are
Harish Jacelon, Felipe Noguera and Peter
Peter Scoon is executive chairman of
Media 21, a company that specialises in
multi-media and special events tools and
It was disclosed by Prime Minister Keith
Rowley in June this year that the company
was the recipient of a multi-million dollar,
multi-year contract awarded by NLCB to
broadcast lottery results.
Last week Thursday's approval by the Caribbean
Development Bank of a US$436.7 million ($2.9 billion)
country strategy for T&T for the period 2017 to 2021
does not necessarily mean that money will be lent to
this country, the CDB confirmed yesterday.
The Barbados-based development bank announced
that its board of directors had approved the country
strategy for T&T with proposed financial support of
Asked to explain what a country strategy meant,
a CDB spokeswoman yesterday said:
"It is the Caribbean Development Bank's approv-
al of an envelope of resources that a country could
potentially utilise over a four-to-five year period.
"In order for the country to access those resources,
individual projects still need to be appraised by the
bank's staff. If those projects are viable, the board
of directors of the bank will approve the individual
projects. Disbursements will commence after con-
ditions agreed to between the country and the bank
have been satisfied."
Country strategies are developed by the bank in
consultation with governments and their stakehold-
ers, to address priority areas of national development.
In announcing the country strategy for T&T, CDB's
director of economics, Justin Ram, said in a state-
ment last week: "This strategy underscores CDB's
longstanding commitment to helping T&T achieve
its development priorities. It will provide focused
support that aims to unlock the country's poten-
tial for economic and social development, improve
competitiveness, promote good governance, and drive
The most recent Caribbean Development Bank loan
to T&T was an energy sector policy-based loan of
USD40 million, approved in 2014, according to the
The programme of assistance is designed to help
Trinidad and Tobago achieve five key development
• Improved quality of, and access to, education
• Strengthened social protection;
• Increased productivity, competitiveness and
• Improved evidence-based development planning
and institutional development; and
• Strengthened environmental management sup-
ported by safe and resilient infrastructure.
Gender equality, as well as energy security and cit-
izen security considerations, will be mainstreamed
in CDB's interventions delivered under the strategy.
The programme of assistance takes into account
lessons learnt from the previous country strategy
(2011-2014), including the need to address insti-
tutional implementation capacity and strengthen
donor co-ordination to achieve more meaningful
In developing the country strategy, CDB held exten-
sive discussions with officials from the government
of T&T, as well as other stakeholders and develop-
ment partners. This dialogue is central to promoting
country ownership of the strategy.
The institution also said the approved strategy
aligns with CDB's strategic objectives of supporting
inclusive and sustainable growth and development,
and promoting good governance. It builds on the
government of this country's National Development
Plan Vision 2030.
This strategy underscores
helping T&T achieve its
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