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Vandalism continues to plague GT&T

27 Mar 2012

Guyana’s fixed line incumbent, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has appealed for the police to treat vandalism of its infrastructure more seriously, reports the Guyana Times. GT&T CEO Yog Mahadeo said in a statement: ‘We have had cause to write [to] the commissioner of police after it came to our attention that ranks of the force had apprehended and released two individuals caught vandalising our facilities at two separate locations.’ Mahadeo added that the company has called on the police to explain why the two vandals had not been charged.

GT&T has complained in the past of deliberately inflicted damage; as noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in August 2011 the telco claimed that over the previous three months vandalism cost the company a total of USD2 million.

Mahadeo praised the efforts by industry regulator the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to decrease accidental damage to infrastructure. Hoping to reduce outages and disruption to services caused by careless digging, the PUC issued a press release calling on the public to ‘call before you dig’.

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