Thursday 24th November, 2005

 

‘No interconnection by Nov 30’

 
 
 
 
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Stephen Brewer

BY SANDRA CHOUTHI

TSTT on Friday ordered the equipment Digicel needs, but it won’t arrive in time to meet the November 30 deadline for interconnection.

Digicel’s CEO Stephen Brewer said meeting the November 30 will be physically impractical and difficult even if the equipment had arrived yesterday afternoon.

“I think it can be here very shortly (equipment). I haven’t ordered it. I’m just paying for it. TSTT can answer that question,” said the UK-born Brewer.

“There is no new date because there is no new date for the equipment to arrive, which was only ordered last Friday, which could have been ordered a long, long time ago,” Brewer said. “We started training our customer service people in the last two weeks.

We’re ready, the population is ready, TSTT isn’t ready. And I have to say it’s because they haven’t invested fast enough in their network.”

Brewer said he spoke yesterday to Dr John Prince, executive director of the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT), who told him he was trying to expedite Digicel receiving its concession, as well as those for the other two providers, TSTT and Laqtel.

Digicel and Laqtel have been unofficially informed that Cabinet has granted them concessions for mobile telecommunications.

“We have a concession. It’s being communicated to us that we have a concession to operate here and we’re just waiting now for the granting of that concession as is TSTT and Laqtel,” Brewer told the media at a luncheon at Prime restaurant, BHP Billiton building, near Movie Towne, Audrey Jeffers Highway.

“Once we have those concessions, we’ll call on the regulatory authority, who will make every effort, I’m sure, to encourage TSTT who finally ordered the equipment last Friday when they got our cheque—US$1.5 million,” Brewer said.

“So we are heading towards getting the network built and connected and we will interconnect and launch our service as soon as we possibly can.”

 

 

 

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