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GT&T promises internet upgrade ‘in near future’

4 Feb 2015

Fixed line incumbent Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) has announced that it will introduce faster and cheaper fixed internet services ‘in the very near future’, whilst plans to upgrade its mobile networks with 3G and 4G technology are also in the works but will have to wait for the government approvals. Caribbean News Desk quotes GT&T CEO Radha Krishna Sharma as saying: ‘Shortly, we will be embarking on a phased manner to bring faster internet services and… at a lower price to all.’ The official added cryptically that ‘every qualifying community will be equally served’ by the end of the year, but offered no clarification on which communities would receive the upgraded service, nor what form the upgrade would take in terms of technology. Mr Sharma went on to stress that the prolonged delays in the introduction of high speed mobile data services in the country were the fault of the government and the regulatory authority, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, plans to overhaul the regulatory structure of Guyana’s telecoms sector have been in the works since 2009, but legislation has been delayed and derailed on several occasions by changes of government as well as pressure from GT&T.

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