The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (‘the Authority’) was established in July 2004 by the enactment of the Telecommunications Act 2001 Amended by 17 of 2004 as the independent regulatory body responsible for the transformation of the telecommunications sector from a virtual monopoly to a competitive environment. The Authority is responsible not only for the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, but also for regulating both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, managing spectrum and number resources, establishing equipment and service quality standards, setting guidelines to prevent anti-competitive practices and encouraging investment in order to facilitate the availability of affordable telecommunications and broadcasting services to all. The Authority is run by a Board of Directors consisting of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman and nine other members as appointed by the President. The Board oversees the activities of the Authority and appoints an Executive Director who manages the affairs of the Authority subject to the directions of the Board.
Cynthia Reddock-Downes is by profession a Chartered Accountant and also holds a Degree in Management from the University of the West Indies. She has experience in both operating and regulatory telecommunications environments, having worked at the Telephone Company in Trinidad and Tobago (now TSTT) for several years in various positions in Finance and Accounting; Internal Audit; Development Programme Finance and Financial Systems implementation and development. Cynthia also worked in Finance and Accounting in the United Kingdom for several years and joined the regulator Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago in November 2004. Since that time, she has been Executive Officer for Finance and Administration at the Authority involved in Financial and Human Resource Management, procurement, the development and implementation of policy frameworks on costing of services; the LRAIC Model; tariffs; Universal Service; Regulatory Accounting and other related policy frameworks. Cynthia also represents the GORtt and the Authority as Vice-President of the ITU Study Group 3 – Regional Group for Latin America and the Caribbean.