E – Networks refutes allegations of unauthorised pole use


E-Networks-2[www.inewsguyana.com] – Cable provider, E – Networks has refuted reports contained in an article in a local newspaper alleging that the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) loses millions of dollars annually by utilizing GPL poles countrywide free of cost.

The article also stated there is “currently no agreement in place with those using the company [GPL]’s utility poles,” specifying E-Networks Inc. as one such company that uses the poles to string cables, unhindered.

The article continues to report that GPL is now looking to put a formal agreement applied across the board to secure revenue from these companies.

In response, E-Networks Inc. dispelled the allegations by making reference to four Licence Agreements, currently in place and enforceable between E-Networks and GPL.

According to a statement issued by E – Networks, these Licence Agreements, dating from January 2012, grant use of utility poles by E-Networks Inc. in Georgetown and East Coast Demerara, in exchange for a rental fee – a sum to the tune of millions of dollars paid by E-Networks to date – for a period until May, 2016.

“Such Agreements have been honoured and upheld by both parties, and further negotiations are even underway for the extension of the coverage area,” the statement noted.

According to the statement, the allegations have caused a negative perception of the company in the public eye.


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