Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has unveiled plans to expand its fixed-wireless ‘WTTx’ infrastructure over the next 18 months, as it seeks to offer broadband connectivity to previously unserved rural regions. Rakesh Goswami, TSTT’s executive vice president, told local press representatives that the telco will spend close to TTD400 million (USD59 million) with the aim of covering 340,000 homes, or 80% of all Trinidadian households with the TD-LTE solution, which first went live in December 2014.
In another development of note, Goswami confirmed plans to mothball the telco’s legacy copper networks as soon as the TD-LTE network rollout is complete. He said: ‘We will be removing 5,500km of copper wire. After we are finished rolling out the wireless LTE technology we will physically remove the copper from the wires … We will go into an area and once all the customers in that area have fully transferred to WTTx, we then remove the copper.’
The executive also noted that the company’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network – which was bolstered by the TTD255 million acquisition of Massy Communications (now renamed AMPLIA Communications) last year – now passes around 100,000 homes, of which some 20,000 are currently subscribed to TSTT’s services.