TSTT creates a technology first at TIC

Trinidad - Participants of this year’s Trade and Investment Convention (TIC 2008) are being treated to a feast of telecommunications technology never before seen in the history of the event. Not only has TSTT installed a hi-tech pavilion with the latest in communications, corporate, entertainment and Internet-related offerings, the company has also constructed a wireless broadband (WiFi) infrastructure specifically for the convention. It means for the first time TIC attendants have access to free, high speed Internet.

“We aren’t just participants at this year’s convention. We are one of the lead sponsors,” explained TSTT Chief Executive Officer Roberto Peón. “Our input into TIC is reflecting that. High speed Internet, the best in communications technology - people are going to come away from this event knowing TSTT played a major part.”

The central platform for showing the company’s Digital Age products and services is the TSTT Pavilion. Among its highlights is Video on Demand (VoD), the next wave in entertainment technology. VoD allows viewers to see what they want whenever they want to see it. It is High Definition (HD) content for those with HD monitors. The company is working on making VoD available to everyone with an Internet connection.

TIC participants who came to the TSTT Pavilion were also shown a number of Internet-related commerce and business solutions.

“From entertainment to commerce, digital technology is radically reshaping the nature of communications,” Gary Barrow, Executive Vice President, Mobile at TSTT described. “A perfect example, and one we chose specifically to highlight the enormous gains we’ve made in consumer convenience and ease of use, is e-Ticketing. e-Ticketing allows TIC participants to buy tickets and download them (in the form of a barcode) to their handsets. It’s paper free. It’s hassle free. It’s the future. We’re also using E-Ticketing to sell tickets for the Lionel Richie Mother’s Day Concert.”

TSTT is also offering e-Couponing – a similar type of service that flashes coupons onto event participants handsets when they text in a short code.

Among the company’s business-specific offerings, or “Enterprise Services”, are a range of solutions wide enough to meet the needs of small and micro enterprises, corporations, government agencies or business organisations. So far Metro-E, a high speed voice and data Internet service for business users, has been very popular at TIC.

On Thursday, May 1, TSTT hosted renowned West Indies cricketer Brian Lara at the pavilion. Support personnel at the TSTT Pavilion demonstrated many of the new technologies to the cricketing legend.