The telecommunications sector in the Caribbean has undergone significant transformation in the past few years. The process of change is far from complete. This report reviews the current situation in policy implementation and the establishment of competitive regulatory structures for the sector in Barbados, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. It identifies regulatory barriers to investment and recommends a number of regional initiatives to reduce these barriers. While the focus in this first part of this study is on these three countries the situation in some of other countries and territories of the region is presented by way of comparison.
This study was commissioned by the Inter-american Development Bank (IADB) to define areas requiring technical assistance programs to promote the development of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. This strategy is based on evidence that investment in ICT has a positive impact on economic development because of its contribution to growth and labour productivity. ICT investment is, however, dependent on having the necessary telecommunications infrastructure through which not only ICT but also other goods and services can be delivered.