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TSTT unveils model smart home
At an upscale gated community in Chaguanas yesterday morning, TSTT unveiled its pilot project for gigabit connections to the home. Each of the houses in the Legacy Housing Development will be wired using fiber optic cable that will carry an Internet connection clocking in at 1,000 megabits of data. It’s a speed that acting CEO George Hill struggled to make real for the audience in attendance. First, he explained that the speed was “equivalent to downloading 100 million characters of text in one second”.
Then, he noted that it would be possible to effortlessly stream “five high-definition videos at the same time on a 1Gb connection while still having room to email and surf the web”. Finally, he suggested that the connection was “equivalent to using 100 DVD players at the same time”. It’s a big pipeline to the Internet and changes the discussion about connectivity from how fast to what do I do next? It’s a question that the residents of Legacy Housing will be exploring during a trial of the service that’s expected to run for at least six months.
During that time the residents will report on their use of the service and experiences with it, a process that will guide TSTT on creating packages that will be offered to the public. The telecommunications company demonstrated the service, which incorporates much of its QuadPlay initiative, to Minister of Public Utilities Nizam Baksh during a tour of a model home at the housing community which has been wired to demonstrate an ideal deployment of hardware connections to the massive pipeline.
TSTT has now prepared its infrastructure to deliver gigabit Internet connectivity to 10,000 homes in Trinidad, 70 per cent of which are located in the north of the country. The company plans to increase the number of homes eligible for the service to 40,000 by the end of 2014. TSTT had no pricing for the service, noting that it would create its packages for the public after studying the results of the Legacy Housing project.