bmobile supports strong ICT for growth in Tobago
Port of Spain, Trinidad, October 15, 2017
Every day, every minute, sometimes every second the world continues to advance technologically. Recognizing this, the Tobago Information Technology Limited (TITL) hosted the first Tobago ICT Summit and Expo at the Magdalena Grand Hotel, Tobago, to stimulate greater discussion on the role ICT must play in Tobago’s future. bmobile, the country’s most advanced communications solutions provider with a deep commitment to boosting Tobago’s ICT capacity, joined in as one of the main sponsors of the two-day event which took place on September 26th and 27th, 2017.
Operations Manager at TITL Sylvannas Berkeley said as part of TITL’s strategic plan it was important for more businesses and the public to better understand the scope of services they provide. TITL provides emergency services, legal and human resource assistance, 211 call centre which provides telephone directory services, among many other services. “Part of the genesis of this expo was to get it all out there so that Tobagonians could become aware along with our partners Huawei and bmobile to give greater exposure as to what technology is available,” Berkeley said. At the opening of the Summit, TSTT’s Executive Vice President Strategic Alliance, Enterprise and Tobago Operations, Rakesh Goswami noted that bmobile’s investment in technology and support for initiatives like the Tobago ICT Summit comes from the Company’s interest in the sector. “Countries like ours are spectacularly vulnerable to environmental and global upheavals and ICT is one of the ways we seek to cushion the economy from some of the worst effects,” he added.
TSTT’s Head of Tobago Operations, Frances Simmons said the Company without hesitation, came on board to support the venture. “We are here to assist in the development and growth of Tobago.” Simmons added that at the end of September this year, TSTT signed an agreement with E-IDCOT to co-host and co-build a Tier 3 TIA 942 Certified Data centre for Tobago in Tobago. “This would help our technology initiatives for TITL, the THA, Tourism industry and schools to develop and grow. It can also help in diversifying the economy and enable sustained economic stability for the island,” Simmons explained.
Information on bmobile’s Data Centre in Trinidad was also provided at a special booth set up at the event and gave a good insight into what is instore for the TSTT/E-IDCOT data centre, scheduled to be completed next year.
Alarm monitoring & CCTV cameras, Data Analytics, Virtual reality games, IPTV- bmobile’s cable TV service, were just some of bmobile’s other services displayed at the expo. Information on bmobile’s “FindYello” app which is available on Playstore and the App store free of charge was also demonstrated.
Manager ICT in the Division of Education, Kurtis Baptiste had special interest in the Security services on display at the bmobile booth . “I have the other services from bmobile but I paid particular attention to the high tech security services they offer as I am looking at other areas it can be of benefit to us” Baptiste explained.
Another stakeholder, Office Manager at the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association, Lana Drysdale also gave positive feedback on the event, describing it as informative. “The entire expo was very interesting. I think the venture of bmobile and other companies coming together would have a great impact on Tobago. I hope such an event takes place again soon.”
Students who visited the booth were surprised to see the intriguing games and other diverse areas that a career in technology could support.
Student Arianna Richards said she loved the experience at the Expo, especially the bmobile booth. “It was interactive and even though it is fun it is also educational at the same time,” she said. Another student Alian Graham said she liked the dancing and the virtual reality games at the bmobile booth. “There was a booth that was explaining how they stored the data and I found that was interesting.” Trigon Walters said the ICT Summit and Expo was a great initiative for students especially young ladies. “Many people think we would not get into IT-related stuff but I loved the information we received.”
Representatives of Ginamco, a Company which began operations in 2005 that specializes in construction and telecoms were also present at the Expo. Consultant at Ginamco Sasha Layne said, “I want everybody to walk away with an idea. Yes, it is an Expo, but it is an Expo for all sectors because ICT is a part of all sectors and Tobago should advocate to have this initiative every year.”