TSTT launches national Zero Copper Campaign
TSTT CEO Dr. Ronald Walcott announced that the company will remove old technology associated with copper infrastructure and replace with fibre and a new Wireless broadband technology (WTTx). Dr. Walcott was addressing an audience of telecoms leaders from the Caribbean and Latin America at the LATAM WTTx Summit 2018 held, in partnership with Huawei, at Hyatt Regency on September 28th.
As TSTT is one of the first operators to opt for the total removal of copper from its network for fibre and wireless broadband, Dr. Walcott said “WTTx offers users plug and play connectivity and wider coverage and has the added advantage of giving bmobile a path to introducing 5G technology into the network to deliver faster speeds for customers. WTTX is also the fastest growing technology in Latin America.”
TSTT’s pioneering adoption of WTTx wireless broadband technology and its Zero Copper initiative was one of the key motivators that encouraged summit participants to attend and learn from TSTT’s experience.
Minister of Public Utilities, Senator Robert Le Hunte was the feature speaker at the event which was jointly hosted by bmobile and Huawei. The Minister discussed the role of expanding broadband access to empower ICT Goals of Nation States and foster economic growth and diversification.
“TSTT’s wireless broadband is a tool to diversify the economy by empowering all industries and entrepreneurs. It is essential in Government’s strategy to enhance national development by ensuring even low income households have broadband access,” he said.
Senator Le Hunte stated that a Rural National Broadband Development Plan is in the works which will make wireless broadband accessible and affordable to everyone.
Country Manager of Huawei T&T Zhao Bo said that Huawei has been involved with bmobile’s innovations since 2007 and this wireless development was a key outcome of the strategic partnership with the Company.
“The goal is to reduce the ICT gap by bringing the power of ICT into more homes, businesses and schools as bmobile achieves its goal of 95% nationwide coverage,” said Dr. Walcott.
The central theme of the Summit was “Bridging the Digital Divide, Pioneering Future Home Broadband.”