Flow’s broadband pricing for businesses/corporations

Last week, I posted Flow’s broadband pricing for residental users. I received a scanned image of Flow’s brochure which lists the following broadband pricing for businesses/corporations :

Broadband Internet packages from Flow for businesses/corporations :

All prices in TT dollars per month and are VAT inclusive

  • Flow Business Lite
    • 512kbps download / 256 kbps upload
    • $632.49
  • Flow Business 1
    • 1Mbps download / 512kbps upload
    • $1,149.99
  • Flow Business 2
    • 1.5Mbps download / 768kbps upload
    • $1,724.99
  • Flow Business 3
    • 2Mbps download / 1Mbps upload
    • $2,2,99.99
  • Flow Business 4
    • 3Mbps download / 1.5Mbps upload
    • $2,874.99
  • Flow Business 5
    • 4Mbps download / 2Mbps upload
    • $5,174.99
  • Installation Fee :
    • Existing Corporate Cable Customer : $574.99
    • Corporate Broadband only Customer : $848.69

Impressive pricing when considering TSTT’s pricing for ADSL.

T&TEC seeks to be a broadband Internet provider

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) will be applying for a concession from the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) to provide broadband internet services with its own fibre optic network. This announcement was made by T&TEC’s CEO at the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference at the Trinidad Hilton on August 13, 2007 according to an article in today’s (August 14th, 2007) Newsday.

MPAI RFC on “Draft Policy on the Universality of telecommunications service provision in Trinidad and Tobago”

The Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) is inviting comments from interested parties for a second round of consultation on the draft policy on the Universality of Telecommunications Service provision in Trinidad and Tobago. A discussion of the decisions made subsequent to the comments and recommendations received is also available. The public is invited to submit comments to further aid the development of a methodology for ubiquitous access to telecommunications services by August 31st, 2007.

Excerpts from the Draft Policy :

The aim of this policy is to promote universal access to telecommunications services for all persons in Trinidad and Tobago by facilitating the orderly, systematic, dispersed development and provision of telecommunications services at affordable rates in Trinidad and Tobago in a manner that facilitates access by all citizens while encouraging innovation and incentive for investment in the ICT sector.

The major objectives of facilitating access to telecommunications and wider Information and Communication Technologies to all communities and thus all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago are:

  • to encourage full participation in Twenty-first Century society by members of Trinidad and Tobago’s society;
  • to promote political, economic and cultural cohesion;
  • to bridge the digital divide in the country;
  • to encourage a more balanced distribution of access to digital technology among all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago
  • to promote economic development; and
  • to enhance the competitiveness of Trinidad and Tobago

Under the summary of Policy Prescriptions, which is interesting given the recent TSTT/TATT spat over TSTT proposed introduction of a Single Rate for fixed lines :

4. The [Telecommunications] Authority [of Trinidad and Tobago] shall determine the public telecommunications services to which universality shall apply to provide the requisite benefits to society. Such services shall include at a minimum:

  • affordable Domestic call origination and termination;
  • affordable narrowband public data services of throughput no less than fifty six kilo bits per second (56 kbps);
  • access to international call origination and termination services; and
  • free 24-hour access to emergency call service

Such determinations shall be subject to periodic review as defined by the Authority.

8.2 Affordability

5. The Authority shall ensure price for basic telecommunications access must be so structured as to meet recognised affordability criteria, individually or cumulatively.

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fastforward : National Broadband Strategy For Trinidad & Tobago

The Ministry of Public Administration and Information (MPAI) has on its fastforward website a press release titled “National Broadband Strategy for Trinidad and Tobago“. No concrete details are mentioned, perhaps a PDF document will be made available soon.

Text of the National Broadband Strategy for Trinidad and Tobago press release :

Imagine an eight-lane highway with vehicles travelling freely and safely at high speeds in both directions. In contrast, picture a two-lane street with ‘bumper to bumper’ traffic and irate drivers on either side sounding their car horns in a concerto of sheer frustration. Those travelling along the highway experience little or no congestion and arrive at their destinations in acceptable time. Those travelling along the street encounter the traffic jam, nevertheless arriving at their destinations, but only after hours and hours of delay. In the Internet world, Broadband is a communications autobahn with no speed limit and dial-up access is a slow street.

The Government recognizes the need for reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services to be accessible by all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. This is a key focus of the National Broadband Strategy, which also considers the importance of developing local content. In the paradigm of highways and streets, the carriageway is the “how” and content is the “what” and “why” of passage.

Successful implementation of the National Broadband Strategy will allow Internet connection speeds of up to 40 times faster than current dial-up access, presenting new opportunities and advancements in areas such as education (distance learning, webcasts), health care (telemedicine, remote diagnosis), government (public services online), business (buying / selling goods online) and entertainment (streaming audio / video, interactive gaming). Additionally, the Strategy envisions the establishment of Broadband infrastructure and services as foundation blocks in the country’s evolution towards a knowledge-based society.

The National Broadband Strategy, as proposed by the Ministry of Public Administration and Information, promotes the establishment of Broadband facilities and services, and is aligned with the development and amplification of both the telecommunications sector and the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy, fastforward. The Broadband Strategy outlines key approaches for addressing the requirements of different sectors of society – the Public Sector, the Private Sector and the Non-Energy ICT–based Sector.

Among the Strategy’s infrastructure considerations are the landing of additional international submarine fibre optic cables, the establishment of data centres and carrier hotels, and the creation of a domestic Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

The Government has undertaken to make Broadband services available to at least 80% of the population by December 2008.