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Guyana poised to award trio of 700MHz licences

7 Jul 2021

Guyana’s Telecommunicaions Agency (TA) is poised to award three 700MHz ‘mobile radiocommunication service’ licences later this month. The plans appeared in the country’s Official Gazette late last month, while the deadline for interested parties to submit their feedback to the watchdog has been set at 13 July.

The three licences in question are:

· Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT); 708MHz-718MHz/763MHz-773MHz

· E-Networks; 718MHz-738MHz/773MHz-793MHz

· U-Mobile (trading as Digicel); 738MHz-748MHz/793MHz-803MHz

TeleGeography notes that the regulatory structure of Guyana’s telecoms sector was overhauled in October 2020, following more than a decade of reform efforts. Among other regulatory reforms, that month saw the introduction of the Telecommunications (Spectrum Management) Regulations 2020. Indeed, the award of new licences means that each operator’s ‘Frequency Authorisation’ (dated 5 October 2020) now needs to be amended.

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