Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 29th 2014 Contents B3
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
cious Italian dish is usually made with layers of flat pasta
sheets, tomato sauce, and cheese, but there are dozens of differ-
ent variations. Some popular additions are meat, vegetables,
and Béchamel sauce.
People have been eating noodles for at least 4,000 years, but
culinary historians disagree over when and where the first pasta
dish originated. We do know that tomatoes are a "New World"
food, which means pasta and tomato dishes (like lasagna) have
only been around since the 16th century.
To celebrate Lasagna Day, bake a big pan of lasagna. Grab a
bottle of red wine and invite some friends over to enjoy a fun,
FROM THE BOARD, MANAGEMENT AND STAFF
AT LAKE ASPHALT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
to the Muslim Community
BRIGHTON, LABREA TRINIDAD AND TOB
T AGO, WEST INDIES.
PHONE: (868) 648-7572 FAX: (868) 648-7433
I d met George Hill for the first
time in 2012 when he was TSTT s
Chief Technology Officer. He was
pleasant, though extremely careful
with his words and maybe a little
reticent at finding himself pushed
to the forefront of the company s
PR campaign for its roll-out of its
new 4G mobile broadband prod-
Hill, now the acting CEO of the
company, hosted a small gathering
of journalists last week to present
an update on the first year of TSTT s
new five-year strategic plan.
As CEO, George Hill remains a
careful man, gently pushing away
queries about stakeholder issues and
working gently but firmly on keeping
himself on message and on core
Acting or not, the CEO faces some
During the meeting, Hill acknowl-
edged the robust competitiveness
of Digicel, the prospect of another
player entering the market, the bur-
den of a half-billion dollar debt on
last year s balance sheet, an infra-
structure that isn t nearly as
advanced as he would like and dis-
ruptive organisational transformation
that it must manage effectively to
meet those challenges.
In 2013, Hill said, it was clear that
"business as usual was not sustain-
At the core of the new five-year
plan is the acknowledgement that
the company "can t be everything
To that end it s committed 75 per cent
of every dollar it spends to mobile and
broadband infrastructure and improve-
"We won t be on the bleeding edge,"
Hill admitted, "but we will be in fast fol-
low mode. It s the best fit for the size of
this organisation and the market."
To that end TSTT is working on
improving its fibre deployments, seeing
the cable distribution technology as the
most "futureproof" of all possible tech-
It s dubbed this pillar of its infrastruc-
ture development project "Fibre to the
X," with X becoming home, office, com-
munity or school depending on the spe-
cific deployment underway.
To do that, it s going to have to pro-
gressively rip out the "last mile" copper
installations that have served most T&T
customers for decades.
For customers in remote, population
thin areas, TSTT has announced two
pilot LTE wireless broadband deployments
in Sangre Chiquito in Rancho Quemado
and in Golden Lane in Tobago.
Soon after installation, the company
found that almost 70 per cent of the
available capacity had been taken up by
customers. The Telecommunications
Authority (TATT) has a fund to encourage
infrastructure build-out in underserved
areas, and responding to a question on
the matter, Hill acknowledged that the
company had asked after it.
There may or may not be some prof-
itability along with the pent-up demand
in these distant communities, but TSTT
is committed to expanding the pro-
That version of 4G LTE in the 2.5GHZ
band which needs special receivers, but
the company has an application before
TATT for 4G LTE spectrum in the
700MHZ band, which works with mobile
In pursuing its buildout of infrastruc-
ture, the company is putting access first
and working to match infrastructure to
"Speed will come," Hill promised.
The company will also more aggres-
sively target Tobago as a market.
"We have some catching up to do in
To b ago ," Hill said, "It s not Trinidad then
Tobago; the technology allows for simul-
Along with the fibre to the home proj-
ect in Golden Lane, TSTT has introduced
an extension of its IP based television
product, Blink Entertainment to hotels
in Tobago, offering HD quality transmis-
sion as a competitive edge.
By the end of its five-year plan, it will
operate in a competitive market in which
fast access will be a given.
The company s fibre to the community
projects, through agreements with its
users, give it an important window into
how customers use really fast broadband
and how it might deliver services that
make preferred use patterns more seam-
"We ll be looking for opportunities to
leverage the way that customers use the
system," Hill said, "either through sourcing
One such partnership with Samsung
has introduced two Samsung Smart
Schools in Penal Secondary and Presen-
tation College Chaguanas. Eighteen more
Read an expanded version of this
column online here: (http://ow.ly/adAll).
Hill's tough climb
TSTT's George Hill, right, and Gerard Cooper, EVP Finance at the
presentation to the media on the first year of the company's strategic
plan. PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY
Links Archive July 28th 2014 July 30th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page