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The Telecommunications Authority of T&T Moves to Implement Number Portability

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (TATT) is moving to implement number portability for mobile phones from March 31, and from the end of September for landlines.

In a newspaper advertisement, the TATT advised customers that mobile number portability was “coming soon to a provider near you.” A TATT official explained that effective March 31, 2016, a cellphone user who wanted to switch service providers would simply have to pay off their bill with their existing provider, apply to their preferred provider for the right to keep their existing number and once the other company agrees, they will be able to continue using their original number.

He said, “The company you are switching to will make their checks before granting approval.” And by the end of September, the same convenience will be to households which want to switch carriers for their landlines.

The whole idea is to make the whole process as painless and as convenient for consumers as possible so mobile providers would have had to work collaboratively with the regulator and with the number porting clearing house to develop a system and a series of processes to make it as seamless as possible for the consumer

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Bahamas public and private sector Collaborate to draft a National Policy Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation

Dr. Karen St. Cyr, Project Manager at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, led the discussion at the STI policy workshop held at the Ministry.

According to Dr. St. Cyr,  the goals of the workshop were accomplished in that "the group was able to formulate and discuss priorities that we as a nation need to concentrate on as we craft national policy for STI (science, technology and innovation)." The group focused on aligning national priorities with those of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and the STI indicators of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OEDC).

The workshop was the second cross collaborative meeting. The first meeting was held last July and was organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Some fifty representatives of various sectors in the community including government, education, business and industry, participated in the workshop which ignited the discussion of a national STI policy framework.

Dr. St. Cyr  indicated that further collaborative discussions will take place during the next four months, where groups will  "further concretize where we need to go as a country with the drafting of the national STI policy document." She further indicated that  "The Ministry of Education will begin to formulate policy with the help of technical expertise and some sponsorship from UNESCO going forward."

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Telecommunication liberalization key to Guyana’s development

That's the opinion of United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, who said that the Government of Guyana will do well to move swiftly towards liberalizing the telecommunications sector. Such 

liberalization, he believes, is crucial to the country’s development.

Ambassador Holloway said that he in no way, wants to come across as if he is infringing on Guyana’s right to decide what is best for the country. “I am not getting involved in what is a country’s sovereign right to do. Guyana has the right to decide what is important. But there are areas that we believe are important to the future development of Guyana; for instance telecommunication liberalization.”

The new administration has been facing increasing pressure to pass critical laws that will open up the telecommunications sector for new players and services. Allowing newer players will see faster mobile internet, reduced rates for overseas calls, availability of a quality landline service, higher speed home internet and modern and affordable solutions for businesses, the company promised.

The legislations have been in limbo for five years now moving between the National Assembly and the players in the industry- GTT and Digicel.

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