Wholesale telco start-up Windward Telecom has launched operations, reports BNamericas citing a statement made by the Canadian merchant bank and alternative asset manager CA Bancorp, one of Windward’s investors. The company will initially provide low-cost wholesale telecoms services to independent ISPs and other companies with high bandwidth requirements using existing and newly constructed fibre-optic networks. The second phase of development, known as the Trinidad Offshore Fiber Electronics (TOFE) project, will involve building two separate self-healing rings to serve the oil and gas industry. Windward CEO Douglas Cunningham told BNamericas that while the company can offer convenient termination rates for incoming calls, it is still unable to offer low rates to the local population due to existing regulation. Outgoing traffic is monopolised by state telco TSTT with some alternatively going through the network of mobile operator Digicel. Nonetheless, Windward Telecom and other competitive carriers have been notified by the Trinidadian telecoms regulator TATT that the long-distance equal access issue will be addressed in the third quarter of 2008, Cunningham said.