Persons with disabilities will now benefit from subsidised mobile devices and video assistant service, an initiative launched by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) on Tuesday.
Deputy Chairman of TATT, Dr Kim Mallalieu said that TATT is partnering with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, an inter-governmental organisation responsible for fostering ICT enabled Caribbean Development, to introduce a service that allows beneficiaries of subsidised mobile devices to use them more effectively.
She added this service is titled the Caribbean Video Assistance Service which will provide secure on-demand video, voice and text call centre services.
“The pilot phase project will run from September to December 2019 and the implementation of the project will involve the provision of mobile handsets to 100 per cent of hearing impaired and visually impaired population in Trinidad and Tobago who meet the criteria,” she said.
The service will be offered to persons 18 years and over.
The project will be funded by the Universal Service fund governed by the International Telecommunication Union.
The deputy chairman said the full rollout is expected to commence in January 2020 and continue through to September 2021.