An interview with Patrick Hosein, TTNIC's CEO


Management nodes

In 2019, the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC) took part in the different activities and initiatives carried out by LACTLD. It was one of 13 Caribbean ccTLDs that participated at the DNS Week –held in August in San Juan, Puerto Rico– and returned to the community as an associate member of LACTLD.

Patrick Hosein, CEO of the TTNIC and professor at the University of the West Indies, describes the work being done by his ccTLD and shares some thoughts on the collaboration among the registries in the region.

When was the ccTLD delegate? What is the entity that currently manages the .TT?

The .tt ccTLD was delegated to the University of the West Indies around 1992 and it has been managed by the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC) since about 1993. Originally, prior to redelegation, the domain was administered by the University of Puerto Rico.

What registration model does the ccTLD have?

To ensure that we can vet applications, Direct Registry is the only registration model.

How is the TTNIC team formed?

The TTNIC consists of a Technical Manager and a Billing Manager. Policies are proposed by a Board, the Trinidad and Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group or TTMAG, and Research is carried out by TTLAB.

Does TTNIC carry out other functions, initiatives or projects in addition to the ccTLD management?

TTNIC provides free domains and free web hosting to all educational institutions (early childhood to tertiary) in Trinidad and Tobago. It also provides funding (for travel and other expenses) to the TTMAG, and scholarships, stipends, graduation prizes and travel grants to students of the University of the West Indies. Many of these students work at TTLAB.

Furthermore, TTNIC is the primary sponsor for the Trinidad and Tobago Internet Governance Forum (TTIGF) and it also sponsors or co-sponsors many events organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS), IEEETT, ISOCTT and many others.

What do you think are the main topics, interests or contributions that Caribbean ccTLDs can bring to LACTLD?

The main interests of the Caribbean Islands are resilience to natural disasters and Internet Governance issues relevant to Small Island States.

How do you think your participation at LACTLD and the collaboration between the ccTLDs of Latin America and the Caribbean will impact your work and functions at the ccTLD?

Our participation in LACTLD would allow us to increase our contributions to initiatives in the region and to learn of best practices from countries that are similar to ours.

How do you think the coordination and collaboration between the Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs can impact the development, security and stability of the Internet in the region?

If properly done, such coordination can provide significant benefits to the region, including a robust, secure infrastructure and the sharing of knowledge across borders.