President promises end to GT&T’s monopoly during this Parliamentary session

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – Following calls by Amerindian Leaders for better Telecommunication Services in the hinterland, President Donald Ramotar has announced that all efforts will be made in the National Assembly to end the monopoly the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) holds in the sector soon.

The President while addressing the 7th annual National Toshaos Council Meeting this morning, October 23 told those present that his Administration recognizes the need for better connectivity and how competition in the sector can aid in the process.

Cellular service provider Digicel had said in the past that the negotiations with the government and GT&T to liberalize the local telecommunications sector have made progress but anxiously anticipates the passage of the bill – Telecommunications Amendment Bill – in the National Assembly.

Currently, GT&T holds a monopoly on domestic landline calls, international calls and the provision bandwidth.

Digicel had also said in the past that the current state of play continues to hamper its expansion plan and serve to deter interested investors.

 

The Telecommunications Amendment Bill has been sitting it in the national Assembly for over three years pending the conclusion of negotiations between the Government and all stakeholders.

 

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