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TSTT launches national Zero Copper Campaign

Yan Weijun President of Huawei LATAM Carrier Business and TSTT CEO Dr. Ronald Walcott flank Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte as he unveiled a model of bmobile's new fibre and wireless network

Port of Spain, Trinidad, September 28, 2018

TSTT CEO Dr Ronald Walcott announced that the company will remove old technology associated with copper infrastructure and replace with fibre and a new Wireless broadband technology (WTTx). Dr Walcott was addressing an audience of telecoms leaders from the Caribbean and Latin America at the TSTT Huawei WTTx Summit 2018 held at Hyatt Regency Hotel on September 28th.

As TSTT is one of the first operators to opt for the total removal of copper from its network for fibre and wireless broadband, Dr. Walcott said “WTTx offers users plug and play connectivity and wider coverage and has the added advantage of giving bmobile a path to introducing 5G technology into the network to deliver faster speeds for customers.  WTTX is also the fastest growing technology in Latin America.”

TSTT’s pioneering adoption of WTTx wireless broadband technology and its Zero Copper initiative was one of the key motivators that encouraged summit participants to attend and learn from TSTT’s experience.

Minister of Public Utilities, Robert Le Hunte was the feature speaker at the event which was jointly hosted by bmobile and Huawei. The Minister discussed the role of expanding Broadband Access to empower ICT Goals of Nation States and foster economic growth and diversification.

“TSTT’s wireless broadband is a tool to diversify the economy by empowering all industries and entrepreneurs. It is essential in Government’s Strategy to enhance National Development by ensuring even low income households have broadband access,” he said.

Minister stated that a Rural National Broadband Development Plan is in the works which will make wireless broadband accessible and affordable to everyone.  

Country Manager of Huawei T&T Zhao Bo said Huawei has been involved with bmobile’s innovations since 2007 and this wireless development was a key outcome of the strategic partnership with bmobile.

“The goal is to reduce the ITC gap by bringing the power of ICT into more homes, businesses and schools as bmobile’s achieves its goal of 95% nationwide coverage,” said Dr Walcott. 

The central theme of the Summit was “Bridging the Digital Divide, Pioneering Future Home Broadband.