TSTT barred from transferring fibre users to AMPLIA unit

16 Oct 2018

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) has been prevented from transferring its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) user base to its subsidiary AMPLIA Communications, the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian reports. A five-member panel of industrial court judges granted the Communication Workers Union (CWU) an injunction blocking the proposed move, after protests from the TSTT workers charged with converting the telco’s copper networks to fibre, who fear redundancy, if the switch is permitted.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TSTT completed the acquisition of local ISP Massy Communications in August 2017 and went on to rename the business AMPLIA in December that year. The takeover was valued at TTD215 million (USD31.3 million). In June this year TSTT executive vice president Rakesh Goswami revealed that the combined TSTT-AMPLIA FTTH networks passed around 100,000 homes, of which some 20,000 were subscribed to TSTT’s services.