Friday 27 November, 2020

Digicel celebrates liberalisation of Guyana’s telecoms sector

Gregory Dean, CEO of Digicel Guyana.

Gregory Dean, CEO of Digicel Guyana.

Digicel is gearing up to improve connectivity and opportunities in Guyana following Monday’s announcement that the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph’s (GTT) 31-year telecoms monopoly will end in two months.

In a statement on Tuesday, Gregory Dean, CEO of Digicel Guyana, commented: “To say that this day has been a long time coming is an understatement. For 16 long years, we have asked, requested, pushed, lobbied and pressured. Today, finally, that day is here. At Digicel, we firmly believe that access to broadband is a basic human right. Now, the people of Guyana can look forward to a brighter future with affordable access to world-class connectivity solutions that can catapult them to the forefront of the knowledge and digital economy.”

He continued: “On behalf of my Digicel colleagues, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to His Excellency Mohammed Irfaan Ali and his administration for delivering on their promise to expeditiously liberalise the sector. We are stepping into our future with confidence and are getting ready to make the transformational benefits of high-speed connectivity a powerful reality for Guyanese. We look forward to a short administrative process to grant us the necessary permissions to make the desired expansions and upgrades of our services.”

Digicel noted that a McKinsey study has shown that 10 per cent higher broadband penetration delivers a GDP boost to a country of up to 1.4 per cent.

Guyana is poised to become the fastest-growing economy in the world with its recent oil and gas discoveries.

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