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Friday, August 01, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
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Blink- bmobile helps bridge digital divide
blink-bmobile has renewed its commitment to assist the Government by becoming the communications technology partner in the recently unveiled Star.tt ICT Access Centre in Cumana, Toco.
On March 26, the Ministry of Science and Technology launched the second instalment of the Star.tt Project, an initiative that embodies the ministry’s mandate to facilitate the uptake and use of ICTs in T&T. The overarching goal of this project is to reduce the digital divide prevalent in underserved communities. This mission is consistent with blink-bmobile’s plans to develop the country by building broadband infrastructure that would increase internet penetration in rural and/or low income areas.
With pre-existing ties to Cumana and as a part of its corporate social responsibility, blink-bmobile, in collaboration with the ministry, has worked to empower these residents by installing high speed fibre optic links to the centre to supply voice and data usage to patrons. In addition to providing high-speed broadband Internet connection, blink-bmobile, by way of its Blink Vigilance alarm monitoring system, has put measures in place to ensure that the centre is secure against vandalism and other criminal activities.
In his address, Minister of Science and Technology Dr Rupert Griffith encouraged residents to use the centre as an avenue to increase their skills and explore their knack for business. Also present at the launch, Winston Peters, Minister of Community Development, echoed similar sentiments as he urged residents to embrace the facility and harness the possibilities that now lie at their fingertips. Peters said the centre was a gift to the community and they should use it to enrich their lives.
Reflecting on this year’s theme for World Technology and Information Society Day, Broadband for Sustainable Development, acting CEO of TSTT George Hill noted that stakeholders like the Government and blink-bmobile must collaborate to ensure that “everyone, regardless of their geographic location, can be exposed to the same opportunities in order to develop to their fullest potential.”
Hill further said that “through these partnerships we can accelerate the rate at which Trinidad and Tobago becomes the best connected country in the Caribbean.”
Furnished with user friendly, state-of-the-art technology and powered by Blink high-speed broadband Internet, the Cumana Star.tt ICT Access Centre provides the facilities to assist in propelling the social, economic and cultural development of Cumana and by extension T&T.
The cybercafe allows users who visit the centre to browse the Internet to access information including e-government services, online classes and business and career opportunities. In addition to the computers available at the centre, residents can use the charging port to recharge their mobile phones, tablets and laptops and browse the Internet for free at the Wi-Fi patio.