Managing director of Flow Trinidad Brian Collins wants the Telecommunications Authority of T&T (TATT) to name the country's newest mobile licensee.
In a T&T Guardian interview, Collins said Flow applied to TATT for a mobile license in 2014 has not received a response from the agency on the status of their application. He said the only word about Flow's application came from Emile Elias, chairman of majority state-owned TSTT, who claimed publicly that Flow had received the nod from TATT. Naturally, said Collins, information as crucial as that had to come from a source to be taken seriously.
But Flow, which has established a three-tier business locally offering cable, broadband and home landline services, is eager to enter the local mobile market with the aim of introducing revolutionary long term evolution (LTE) technology, which was believed to rival the fourth generation system currently used by bmobile and Digicel.
While the latter operating system referred to mobile data technology as defined by the radio sector of the International Telecommunication Union, LTE applies generally to the idea of improving wireless broadband speeds based on demand. Collins said he believes the market is penetrable and the business lucrative.
"We have 25 years of mobile experience and background, providing services in many islands around the region. Cable and Wireless has a minority shareholding in TSTT. They don't offer services directly to people in T&T.
"We will jump at the opportunity given how we have built one of the largest fibre rich networks in T&T. It is 4,000-kilometre deep, passing over 300,000 homes in T&T. We will be rolling out the last LTE network. We would build the best network in T&T and I think people are demanding a higher quality mobile data product and service. The onus is on the regulator and the minister to step and issue the license quickly."
Collins added: "T&T is falling behind. Jamaica has started LTE. Barbados is going to be rolling it out. Caymans launched it. The telecoms world moves very quickly. You could be ahead three years ago, and suddenly you find yourself behind, so it's that constant continual movement that's required. We are ready willing and able to invest significant money, employ a lot of people in the construction and the launch of it."