ICT Open Fora

25th ICT Open Forum - White Space Devices: Opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago - Friday, September 01, 2017

The Authority hosted its 25th ICT Open Forum entitled "White Space Devices: Opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago"

Trinidad and Tobago can benefit from White Space technology to provide broadband and other innovative services to underserved markets. This was the overwhelming sentiment gleaned from Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s (TATT’s) 25th ICT Open Forum titled “White Space Devices: Opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago” which took place on Thursday 16th February 2017.

White Space Devices (WSDs) operate on unassigned or underutilised spectrum and present an opportunity to satisfy the increasing demand for spectrum for fixed and mobile broadband. The purpose of the Forum was to widen awareness and generate discussion on White Space Devices, taking into consideration an authorisation framework recently issued by TATT for public consultation. The framework is titled “Authorisation Framework for the Accommodation of White Space Radiocommunications Devices”.

The audience, which consisted of sixty- five persons from industry, academia, state agencies and the general public, were welcomed by TATT’s Deputy Chairman, Dr .Kim Mallalieu. In her address she informed that because of the potential benefits to Trinidad and Tobago from the use of WSDs for the provision of broadband and other innovative services to underserved markets, TATT commenced work on developing a framework to make WSDs a reality.

Featuring at the Open Forum were presentations from Mr. Keith Sinclair, Senior Director, Marketing, Adaptrum, Dr. Sean Rocke, Lecturer, Communications, UWI, Ms. Michelle Baptiste-Williams, Telecommunications Strategy and Services Manager, Ministry of Public Administration and Communications and Mr. Kirk Sookram, Executive Officer, Technical Services & Development, TATT.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion featuring the presenters and moderated by Mr.Gerard Best. In his closing remarks Dr.John Prince, Chief Executive Officer at TATT, expressed his desire that all citizens have access to digital technology.
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Please see below, links the Dr. Mallalieu's address as well as presentations from each member of the panel.
Click for Dr. Mallalieu's full address
Click for Mr. Keith Sinclair's presentation
Click for Dr. Sean Rocke's presentation
Click for Ms. Michelle Baptiste-Williams' presentation
Click for Mr. Kirk Sookram's presentation

2015 ICTs 4 Skills Development and Entrepreneurship for Young People - Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Authority in partnership with UTT hosted a workshop entitled the 2015 ICTs 4 Skills Development and Entrepreneurship for Young People

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) in partnership with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)
hosted the 2015 ICTs 4 Skills Development and Entrepreneurship for Young People workshop from Wednesday 5th August to
Friday 7th August, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The main objective of this workshop was to help young people (aged 18 to 35 years) develop entrepreneurial capacity and to find innovative ways of doing business in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arena.

Seventy five (75) young persons participated in the workshop which was facilitated by the UTT team headed by Professor Abhijit Bhattacharya, Professor, Business Development and Marketing and Mrs. Judith Morrain-Webb, Research Associate.

The workshop consisted of formal presentations and breakout sessions which provided the participants with hands on experience of developing innovative business ideas using the advancement in digital technologies.

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Should Over The Top Services be Regulated? - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

On Thursday 18th June, 2015 the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) hosted its 21st ICT Open Forum titled “Should Over The Top Services be Regulated?”

In attendance were approximately seventy five (75) persons  which consisted of representatives from the telecommunications and technology companies, media, academia and members of the general public.

The opening address was delivered by Mr Selby Wilson, Chairman of TATT who reminded the audience that the forum was part of TATT’s consultative process in support of a document entitled “Towards the treatment of Over The Top Services” which was issued for public comment from June 6th to 30th, 2015.

There were several featured presenters which included Ms Annie Baldeo, Executive Officer, Policy Planning and Market Economics (Ag.), Mr Kirk Sookram, Manager Spectrum Planning, Management and Monitoring of TATT, Mr David Geary, General Counsel Digicel (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited,  Ms Christa Leith, Head Regulatory and Policy Affairs (Ag.), Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr David Cox, Head of Regulatory Affairs, LIME Caribbean, who represented Columbus Communications Trinidad and Tobago Limited.

Following the presentations, there was a panel discussion and audience feedback session which was moderated by Mr Wendel l Etienne. The panel comprised of the featured presenters and Mr Kieran Meskell, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Digicel (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited. Click for full article

Chairman's Speech

Treatment of Over The Top (OTT) Services presented by Ms. Annie Baldeo and Mr. Kirk Sookram both of TATT

Should OTT be regulated? presented by Mr. David Geary of Digicel

OTT Services Should they be Regulated? presented by Ms. Christa Leith of TSTT

21st ICT Open Forum - OTT Services video presentation

Radio and television talk shows-maintaining moral, ethical and legal conduct - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On Thursday 26th March 2015 the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago’s (TATT) hosted its 20th ICT Open Forum titled “Radio and television talk shows-Maintaining moral, ethical and legal conduct” which was attended by approximately sixty (60) persons inclusive of media practitioners and owners, representatives of civil society and the general public. 

The opening address was delivered by Mr. Selby Wilson, Chairman of TATT who reminded the audience of four guiding principles of ethical journalism drawn from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics: 

1. Seek Truth and Report on It
2. Minimise Harm
3. Act Independently
4. Be Accountable and Transparent

The two feature presenters were Ms. Nievia Ramsundar, Corporate Secretary, TATT and Mr. Daren Lee Sing, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association. Click for full article

Address by Selby Wilson - Chairman, TATT

Presentation by Nievia Ramsundar - Corporate Secretary, TATT

Presentation by Darren Lee Sing- President, TTPBA

Video Presentation