By Tracey Khan-Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GT&T) continues to revolutionize its delivery of internet service across the country and its latest upgrade will see speeds of up to 10 Mbps, “the fastest ever in the country.”
During a press conference on Wednesday April 01, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), R K Sharma said this initiative is one that was promised to the people and its delivery is testimony of the telephone giant’s commitment to the growth of the telecommunications sector.
In this regard, 70-75% of the company’s customers and current GT&T internet subscribers will automatically experience new speeds of up to five times that of which they currently get at the same price. The project was first rolled out at Eccles, East Bank Demerara.
Also the Diamond/Grove, Nandy Park, Providence and Houston communities on the East Bank of Demerara and Enterprise on the East Coast also had their internet speed increased last week. The exercise is ongoing and will continue to other communities each month throughout the year.
The services will be offered to both residential and business customers and will be sold in packages of Bronze, Silver and Gold within the range of 1Mbps to 10 Mbps. For customers who do not qualify for higher speeds, because of where their homes are located, they will receive price reduction on their existing speed of almost 50%.
According to Sharma, “GT&T is committed to being the best provider of information and communications services in Guyana. As we have seen around the world, access to high speed internet and advanced mobile communications is a substantial driver in the development of economies, improvement in the earning power of workers, advancement in education, and personal fulfillment of individuals through improved access to information, entertainment and social interaction with friends and family.”
He added that GT&T’s commitment to the people of Guyana is to continually provide faster and better service at competitive prices and to always earn its position as the best and logical choice for customers. “We hope and expect that our customers will be blown away by the new internet speed increases arising from our investments.”
Additionally, the CEO noted that, “since our entrance to the Guyana market, GT&T has invested in excess of 58 billion Guyana dollars in the development, modernization and expansion of our networks and systems. This investment has to be recognized for the transformative effect it has had on the country’s national development.”
The need to improve sector he noted cannot be understated, “we have seen the need to develop the sector. We have seen the heavy reliance on our services for economic growth and development…These investments by GT&T has resulted in the growth and development of many local and foreign investments in our country especially in the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO).”
The landing of the company’s second fibre optic cable, the Suriname Guyana Submarine Cable to the value of US$30M here in 2010, was due to the development prospects of the country and its global impact.
By the end of May it is expected that the service will be available in: Houston (EBD), GT – Central, GT – Sophia, South Ruimveldt and BV West.
He stressed that their vision is, “to provide high quality service to our customers, to ensure our customers get value for their money, no other provider will be able to provide this service compete with us at this level.”