Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT), which announced the launch of a Wi-Fi hotspot network earlier this year to augment its upcoming launch of HSPA-based mobile broadband services, reported this week that it has rolled out 43 Wi-Fi coverage areas under the ‘bzone’ banner. TSTT chairman Everald Snaggs said that the public hotspots were deployed over the last three months, providing free high speed internet access to TSTT’s fixed and mobile broadband customers, and claimed to have attracted 12,000 regular Wi-Fi users across the islands so far. Snaggs added that the HSPA+ network would be launched ‘soon’, with rollout being carried out at over 400 cell sites across the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that TSTT announced plans to roll out the new 3.5G network (being marketed as ‘4G’) in April 2012 via a contract awarded to Huawei Technologies of China, in a move that marks a shift away from the telco’s existing WiMAX and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless broadband strategy.
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