T&T expects to issue 4G licences in September; number portability delayed again

18 Jul 2016

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (TATT) intends to issue long-delayed 4G LTE mobile licences in September this year, according to the regulator’s director Gilbert Petersen, quoted by TeleSemana. With licensing having been delayed from an original 2014 schedule, two concessions are now reportedly earmarked for existing mobile operator Digicel T&T and cable/fibre operator Flow T&T. The licensing of the latter is complicated, however, by the fact that Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) is still yet to offload its 49% stake in government-backed quadruple-play operator Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) to fulfil the conditions of its March 2015 takeover of Flow, which itself does not yet possess a mobile operating licence. To date, TSTT provides the only LTE-based service in Trinidad & Tobago, based on a TD-LTE 2600MHz wireless broadband platform, whilst the TATT’s delayed LTE licence tender includes spectrum in the 700MHz, 850MHz and 1900MHz ranges.

The report from TeleSemana also cited Mr Peterson as saying that he does not expect to implement number portability (NP) in August this year as had previously been proposed (following the postponement of an earlier schedule of March). According to the regulator, neither TSTT nor Digicel have yet completed the necessary technical tests for NP.