Global map of Mobile devices using Twitter including Trinidad and Tobago

Via http://www.mapbox.com/blog/visualizing-3-billion-tweets/ :

“This is a look at 3 billion tweets – every geotagged tweet since September 2011, mapped, showing facets of Twitter’s ecosystem and userbase in incredible new detail, revealing demographic, cultural, and social patterns down to city level detail, across the entire world.”

 

Here is Trinidad and Tobago:

http://www.mapbox.com/labs/twitter-gnip/brands/#10/10.5351/-61.3655

Some initial thoughts : A lot of Blackberry phones……

 

 

Blackberry announces plans to make its BBM Messenger service available to iOS and Android users

From http://press.blackberry.com/press/2013/bbm-for-ios-and-android-to-launch-this-summer-.html :

BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced plans to make  its ground-breaking mobile social network, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), available to iOS® and Android™ users this summer, with support planned for iOS6, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, all subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play…….In the planned initial release, iOS and Android users would be able to experience the immediacy of BBM chats, including multi-person chats, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people.

 

“Google Now” application available for iPhone and iPad ; video ad features Port of Spain, #Trinidad

The “Google Now” application that Google promises to deliver “the right information at just the right time” is now available on the Apple iPhone and iPad.

Previously, “Google Now” was only available on phones/tablets running Android last year (2012).

You can read more about what Google Now does on Techcrunch or on Google Now’s website.

However, when the ad for Google Now for the iPhone and iPad focuses on live flight updates as the time approaches and/or as you approach the airport, the illustrated ticket in the video shows a flight from Houston to Port of Spain, #Trinidad (17 seconds into the ad). Although there is no Gate C26 at the Piarco Airport in Trinidad and Tobago.

Direct YouTube link to the video ad for Google Now for iPhone and iPad

 

Laqtel’s concession to provide mobile services in Trinidad and Tobago terminated

Laqtel’s concession to operate a “public domestic mobile telecommunications network” in Trinidad and Tobago was terminated by the Ministry of Public Administration following the recommendation to terminate by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).

Laqtel was granted a concession to operate on December 30th, 2005. However, Laqtel and its main partner, Saskatchewan Telecommunications International (Sasktel) parted ways in March 2006 . In late May 2006, Laqtel and TSTT announced that they has signed a interconnection agreement . In June 2006, it was reported that Laqtel intended to partner with the Paltel, a Palestinian based telecommunications company. However, Paltel and Laqtel parted ways in November 2006.

In December 2006, Laqtel announced that they were hoping to launch in time for the March 2007 Cricket World Cup (being held in the West Indies) and a technology/equipment alliance with Sprint Nextel. This did not happen, amid continuing financial difficulties and warnings from TATT in July 2007 that Laqtel risked losing its concession.

Since the award of Laqtel’s concession in December 31st, 2005, Laqtel failed to pay a $4,000,000 TT performance bond to TATT and failed to launch before 30th June 2006 as the concession stipulated. TATT sued Laqtel in September 2007 for its failure to pay the performance bond. Laqtel plead guility, and its attorney argued that the magistrate consider the circumstances Laqtel found themselves in, in considering sentencing.

The magistrate sentenced Laqtel to pay additional fines in November 2007 until the performance bond was paid.

The Minister of Public Administration revoked Laqtel’s concession on March 14th, 2008 ; TATT also seized several of Laqtel’s assets to collect funds owned from the performance bond and court fines. You can read more details from TATT’s press release about the termination of Laqtel’s concession to operate a mobile network in Trinidad and Tobago (PDF ; 34K).

Laqtel isn’t giving up ; it has asked the Minister of Public Administration to reconsider the termination of Laqtel’s concession.

TATT publishes 2006 Annual Market Report on Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors.

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has published a market report on the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in Trinidad and Tobago for 2006.

Some of the interesting stats :Re: mobile market :

  • “As at December 2006, the estimated number of mobile subscribers totaled 1,654,921. This represents an extra-ordinary increase of 730,862 or 79.1 per cent over the previous year. Of this total, 1,494,986 were prepaid customers while other 159,935 were postpaid.”
  • Mobile revenues for 2006 totaled TT$1.64 billion, of which prepaid customers accounted for TT$1.45 billion while postpaid customers contributed TT$191 million.

Re: fixed line phone services –

  •  For  the  year  ending  December  31,  2006,  the  total  gross  revenues  earned  from  fixed  line subscribers amounted to TT$780 million. Of this amount, residential customers accounted for TT$405.7 million. Revenues from business customers on the other hand, accounted for TT$ 374.3 million.
  • There were 325,549 subscribers of fixed line telephone service at the end of 2006.

Re: Public International telecom services,

  • the total outgoing traffic from Trinidad and Tobago, for 2006, was estimated to be 183.4 million minutes while incoming traffic was approximately 480.9 million minutes.
  • Gross revenue for international traffic for the year ending December 2006, was estimated at TT$145.1 million for outgoing calls and TT$196.7 million for incoming calls.

Re: Internet Market :

  • “As at December 2006, there were eleven major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Trinidad and Tobago: TSTT, CableNett Limited, Carib-Link Limited, Cari Direc, Caribbean Interactive Limited, Illuminat Limited, InterServ Limited, Lisa Communications Limited, Opus Network Limited, WOW Net (2001) Limited and Green Dot Limited.” Hmmm…….Opus Networx stopped dial up access since Jan 2006 and there is no mention of Columbus Communications formerly CCTT or Caribtel.
  • As at December 2006, the total estimated number of Internet subscribers in Trinidad and Tobago is 81,064.
  • The demand for high speed access to Internet services has increased in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 to 20,613 with 14,246 residential connections and 6,367 business connections.
  • the number of Internet users in Trinidad and Tobago stood at 15.4 per 100 inhabitants for 2006.

Lots of interesting information, check it out…….
Download : TATT Annual Market Report 2006 (PDF ; 236K)