Background

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) is committed to the deployment of a free country-wide public wireless network. The delivery of high-speed, affordable broadband access is a cornerstone initiative towards the creation of a modern digital society, offering widely recognized economic and social benefits to all strata of the population. The provision of wider high-speed connectivity among the broader population can transform our country, by providing new ways of accessing Government services and information and giving fresh impetus to sustainable sectoral development. GoRTT's official policy pledges to:


"Initiate the process for a free island-wide public broadband wireless network starting with free public hotspots in popular areas"


It is envisioned that this will support citizens' access to digital education services, culture, entertainment, healthcare, financial and commercial services. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of this free Broadband network to “ensure that all students in all schools have free and easy access to fast Broadband Internet in all schools (not just laptops),” as referenced in the Government Policy statement. The implementation of relevant national broadband programmes and initiatives can position Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the next wave of the evolution of the Internet into the Internet of Things (IOT) and the Internet of Everything (IOE). This will be an Internet where people, processes, data and things all connect over an intelligent network termed the Internet of Everything.