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A survey of telecommunications network in Trinidad and Tobago reveals that there were 230 main telephone lines, 1,129 mobile phone subscribers and 170 internet users per 1,000 people in 2008.
Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd (TSTT) is the largest telecom company and the sole provider of fixed line services in the country. It is jointly owned by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and Cable & Wireless. TSTT alone employs 2,300 employees and serves 160,000 customers in four major operating districts.
TSTT holds a monopoly in fixed-line telephone services, but its mobile phone monopoly was broken in June 2005 when licences were granted to Digicel and Laqtel. The major internet service providers are TSTT, Opus network, Rave Net, Carib Link and Interserve. In addition to fixed and mobile communications, TSTT provides BlackBerry services; broadband access including Wi-Max and CDMA technology; Metro Ethernet; video conferencing; paid IPTV; as well as business and home alarm monitoring services.
From 1983 and 1989, DMS-100 digital switches were installed throughout the country leading to the introduction of new services such as international direct distance dialling and vertical services (call Waiting, call forwarding and conference Calling).
The Telecommunications Act supports the existence of the private sector in the telecommunications industry.