Digicel files injunction against TSTT to ensure interconnection

27 Nov 2006

Caribbean wireless operator Digicel has filed an injunction to prevent Trinidad & Tobago’s incumbent fixed line telephone company Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) from blocking calls to and from its network, writes BNamericas citing local daily The Trinidad Guardian. Digicel has argued that for the country to achieve a truly liberalised market, new competitors must be allowed to interconnect with the incumbent’s network for fixed-to-mobile and mobile-to-mobile connections.

The interconnection dispute between the two companies has dragged on since Digicel won a licence to enter the mobile market in June 2005. The regulator at the time promised Digicel that it would be able to launch mobile services promptly, but TSTT argued that it lacked the proper equipment to provide interconnection. While the interconnection agreement is being formulated, the networks are supposed to be interconnecting calls, but Digicel has claimed that TSTT is still stopping calls from being connected, an official from the telecoms regulator TATT told BNamericas.