Acting TSTT Chief Executive Officer Bernard Mitchell on
Tuesday announced that the telecommunication giant will
be investing some $250 million dollars to develop a high
speed Internet access network known as Next Generation Network.
Speaking at the opening of their fourth community communication
centre at Rochard Douglas Road junction, Barrackpore, Mitchell
said that the NGN development will be done over the next
It will support over 15,000 high speed internet access
lines and provide almost 70,000 new and rehabilitated phone
lines, he said.
Through the new network, TSTT will be able to offer
new communications services that blend voice, video and
data services, he said, adding the NGN will also
enable us to take high speed Internet access into many more
The acting CEO told residents of Barrackpore gathered for
the simple opening ceremony that the centre was constructed
at the cost of $1 million. The centre, he said, will provide
them with all of the key communications technology.
These include phone, fax, Internet, as well as computers,
printers, scanners and copiers right in your neighbourhood,
Mitchell also used the opportunity to assure that the telecommunication
giant has not increased local telephone rates.
we reduced our international rates in June of this year,
many people felt that local rates were simultaneously being
increased. That was never the case because TSTT cannot unilaterally
increase these rates, said the CEO.
He said there is a process of consultation between TSTT
and the Telecommunications Authority before local telephone
rates can be increased.
In addition to consulting the regulator, TSTT also has to
hold public consultations, with customers and other stakeholders.
public can be assured therefore that local rates are still
at the same level that they have been at since 1985, that
is, for the past 19 years, said Mitchell.