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- Computing Industry
- Technology Statistics
Trinidad and Tobago has medium levels of PC penetration. In 2007 there were 132 PCs for every 1,000 people in the country. According to the 2012-2013 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, 55.2% of the population are internet users, equivalent to 650,611 people, giving Trinidad and Tobago a rating of 49 out of 144 countries included in the report (WEF, 2012). In 2011, 36.1% of the population were registered Facebook users, equivalent to 441,240 people (Internet World Stats, 2011). In 2012 broadband internet usage in Trinidad and Tobago was standard, with 11.5 subscriptions for every 100 people in the population; the prevalence of mobile broadband was less common, with just 1.2 subscriptions per 100 people (WEF, 2012). Imports of computing and office related supplied in Trinidad and Tobago amounted to 1.55% in 2010 (Observatory of economic complexity, 2010).
There are numerous computing and office supplies companies located throughout the country. Compucell Stationary and Supplies, located in Chaguanas is one such example; the company offers photocopying, laminating and bookbinding services, as well as stationary, hardware, and software sales. Another well-known company in the area is RHD technologies; the company sells personal computers, laptops and peripherals, as well as offering advice and repair services.
Many global hardware and software companies are present within the computing market of Trinidad and Tobago. Multinational software giant Microsoft has an established presence in the country, with a head office located in Port of Spain. IBM also has offices located in this area. While Apple has no corporate head offices in the country, there are several authorised Apple resellers located in Port of Spain and Marabella, including iWorld and F1 Connect Limited.
Trinidad and Tobago’s long-term development plan, Vision 2020, has a heavy focus in the development of an effective strategy to facilitate the country’s move towards becoming a knowledge-based society, through the effective use of information and communication technology. There are several organisations in the country that promote the use of information technology; the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is one such organisation. TTCS is a network of computer users first formed in 1997. TTCS serves as a type of forum, with the aim of connecting computer users in an attempt to share and improve computing experiences.
Trinidad and Tobago has a developing computing industry. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013 rated Trinidad and Tobago as 63 out of 144 countries for the availability of the latest technologies, giving the country a total score of 5.1 out of 7, with 7 being the most advanced. Firm level technology absorption has a similar rating of 82 out of 144 and 4.6 out of 7, with government procurement of advanced technological products having a less notable score of 128 and 2.8. Trinidad and Tobago’s results for the Global Competitiveness Report are comparatively higher than many surrounding countries.