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Communications in Trinidad & Tobago


Postal and internal telegraph services throughout the islands are operated by the government. In 2008, there were 307,000 main telephone lines. Also in that same year, cellular phones in use totalled 1.505 million. Commercial cable communication and radio-telephone services are maintained between Trinidad and all major countries of the world.

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago Limited (TSTT) is the largest telephone and internet service provider in Trinidad & Tobago. The company, which is jointly owned by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago and Cable & Wireless, was formed out of a merger of Telco (Trinidad & Tobago Telephone Company Limited) and Textel (Trinidad & Tobago External Telecommunications Company Limited). TSTT no longer holds a monopoly in fixed-line telephone services due to Flow introducing a fixed-line service of their own, but their cellular monopoly was broken in June 2005 when licenses were granted to Digicel and Laqtel.

Radio broadcasting is provided by the National Broadcasting Service (public) and the Trinidad Broadcasting Co, a subsidiary of Rediffusion International of London. Founded in 1962 and state-owned since 1969, the Trinidad & Tobago Television Service emphasizes school and adult-education programs. There were one AM and 35 FM radio stations in 2007. Also in 2007, there were five television stations. In 2000, there were 340 television sets and 532 radios for every 1,000 people.

In 2008, there were 42,800 internet subscribers.


Telephones - main lines in use : 307,000 (2008)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 1.505 million (2008)
Telephone system

: general assessment: excellent international service; good local service
domestic: mobile-cellular teledensity roughly 175 telephones per 100 persons
international: country code - 1-868; submarine cable systems provide connectivity to US and parts of the Caribbean and South America; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean); tropospheric scatter to Barbados and Guyana
Broadcast media : 5 TV networks each broadcasting on multiple stations; one of the networks is state-owned; multiple cable TV subscription service providers; multiple radio networks, one state-owned, broadcast over about 35 stations (2007)
Internet country code : .tt
Internet hosts : 168,876 (2010)
Internet users : 227,000 (2008)




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