Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago
Institutional details 2016
Name of Authority
Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Year created 2004
Legal document that created the authority
The Telecommunications Act, Chap. 47:31
Reports to Annual report to the public & Report to the Board of the Regulatory Authority & Report to Legislature/Parliament & Annual report to the Sector Ministry
Does the Regulatory Authority also regulate other public utilities (e.g. electricity, gas, etc.)?
Is the Regulatory Authority autonomous in its decision making?
Who approves the budget of the Regulator?
Indicate the percentage of budget financed from each source:
Numbering fees; ; percentage: 0.8 % Spectrum fees; ; percentage: 69.8 % Contributions from regulated telecom operators based on turnover; percentage: 28.9 % ; percentage of operator revenue (turnover): Financial income (e.g. Investment/Deposit); ; percentage:
Structure of the Regulator 2016
Name of the Head of the Regulatory Authority:
Mr. Gilbert Peterson, S.C. (Chairman)
Is it a collegial body? Yes
Total number of members n/a
Is the Head of the commission also responsible for day to day administrative matters? No
Who appoints the Members/Head?
Period of appointment (years): n/a
Total number of staff in the Regulatory Authority: 89
Regulatory Functions 2016
M R Licensing
Regulator issues licenses. the Sector Ministry grants concession based on recommendation by the regualator
R Op Interconnection rates
Intervention where there is conflict
R Price Regulation
R Technical standards settings
R Radio frequency allocation
R Spectrum monitoring and enforcement
R Numbering
R Type approval
n/a Service quality monitoring
M R Universal Service
The Ministry recommends the policy
n/a Quality of service standards
R Enforcement of quality of service obligations
R Broadcasting
R Broadcasting content
M Information technology
n/a Internet content
Key: M - Sector Ministry
R - Regulatory Authority
Om - Other Ministry or Government body
Op - Operator
O - Other
NR - Not regulated
Recent Legislation 2016
2004 Telecommunications (Amendment) Act 2004
2004 Telecommunications Act 2001
Parts of the Act were promulgated in 2001. Full promulgation in 2004.
1991 Act No. 40
Provides for the establishment and incorporation of the Trinidad and Tobago Telecommunications Authority and for the regulation of telecommunication services. Amendments to the Act will be enacted by the end of 1998 to implement the completed policy document.
1966 Telephone Act
To be repealed.
1936 Wireless Telegraphy Ordinance
To be repealed.
  Telecommunications Act to be enacted in 2001

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