Concessions


Concessions


Please note that there is currently a Moratorium on applications for concessions for specific markets.


The Authorisation Regime as prescribed by the Telecommunications Act

Sections 21 and 36 of the Telecommunications Act prescribe two types of instruments for authorising telecommunications and broadcasting operators to provide networks and/ or services under the new regime in Trinidad and Tobago:

1.
A concession is granted by the Minister to authorise the operation of a public telecommunications network (Section 21) and/or the provision of any public telecommunications service or broadcasting service. An application for a concession must be submitted to, and evaluated by, the Authority before a recommendation is made to the Minister to grant the concession.
   
2. A licence is granted by the Authority to authorise the operation or use of any radiocommunication service or any radiotransmitting equipment, including that on board any ship, aircraft or other vessel in the territorial waters or airspace of Trinidad and Tobago, (Section 36).
   
Classification of Concessions

The Authority’s concession classifications are as follows:
   
Type 1: Network-Only Concession (network-based): Authorises a concessionaire to own or operate a public telecommunications network, without the provision of public telecommunications or broadcasting services.
   
Type 2: Network-Service Concession (network-based): Authorises a concessionaire to own or operate a public telecommunications network in addition to providing public telecommunications services[2]over that network.
   
Type 3: Virtual Network-Service Concession (service-based): Authorises a concessionaire to provide public telecommunications services, without an authorization to own and/ or operate a physical public telecommunications network, in a manner that is transparent to the end user. Such a concession will be required in cases where an entity has the capability of providing multiple services (e.g. data, image, voice, video) over a single transmission medium that has been leased or otherwise obtained from an authorised network operator.
   
Type 4: Telecommunications Service Concession (service-based): Authorises a concessionaire to provide a specific public telecommunications service(s) without an authorization to own and/ or operate a telecommunications network.
   
Type 5: Broadcasting Service Concession (service-based): Authorises a concessionaire to provide a broadcasting service without an authorization to operate a telecommunications network. An entity that leases capacity from a telecommunications network operator and provides subscription-based broadcasting services via that media, requires a Broadcasting Service concession. However an entity that supplies programmes or other broadcast content to a broadcasting service provider does not require a concession
   
Additional information about Concessions and Licences can be obtained from the document "Authorization Framework for the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors in Trinidad and Tobago".
 
 LIST OF CONCESSIONS GRANTED
            
 
Generic Concession Document