TSTT – Taking Broadband Solutions to Business

July 2006

Information Technology (IT) professionals from a cross-section of the business community got the chance on Wednesday, July 12 to hear first-hand from the makers of the Blackberry about its empowering features. At a TSTT presentation on Wireless Broadband Solutions for its business customers held at Crowne Plaza, Paul Lucier, Director – Research In Motion Limited (RIM), the Canadian firm responsible for developing the Blackberry, described it as “a very addictive solution” with about five million users worldwide.

In the last six months, TSTT became the first telecommunications service provider in Trinidad and Tobago to launch the Blackberry and EV-DO 3G technology.Lucier ran his presentation out of his Blackberry and admitted that it was not the most “beautiful” hand-held device – but added that RIM’s primary concern was to build products that worked. He said the benefits of the Blackberry to IT included that it was scaleable and secure, and simple in the areas of deployment, connectivity and device management.

The Blackberry offered users much more than e-mail access, Lucier said, noting that it could be used to perform many other work tasks at incredible speeds. He disclosed that patrol officers attached to the Yorkshire Police Department in the UK use the Blackberry to access network information as needed.

Henry Kumar, Project Director, CDMA Network Services Development – TSTT, said EV-DO 3G was similar to the Blackberry in terms of its mobility, speed and flexibility. He explained that there was no lengthy log-on process using EV-DO and, with a download speed of 400-700Kbps, users would have quick access to video streaming and other content – all for a flat monthly fee.

Jay Alvi, Vice President – Enterprise Services, TSTT, contended that the Blackberry and EV-DO technologies complemented each other: “It comes down to the type of service that the individual or organisation requires to meet its needs…It’s all about finding the best applications for the organisation.”