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MAP > the Telecommunications Market in Guyana

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Guyana is the sole English speaking nation in the South American part, and it has a very small population with one of the smallest GDP rates in the region. Nonetheless, the GDP development has been continuous in recent years and the economic growth projections to the last of the decade have been encouraging.

Incumbent telco by the name Guyana Telephone and the Telegraph which later rebranded to the name GTT in late 2015, which is controlled by the United States based Atlantic Tele-network. This company competes with the Digicel in mobile Market but has retained the monopoly over the fixed line services. Despite GTT’s fixed-line monopoly got to be renewed for the next 20 years in 2010 in December, it was able to draw to close, and this is following the passing of 2016 telecommunications ACT.

But, since the year 2017, there has been some delays when it comes to the negotiations between government and the GTT, that relates to terms of market liberalization and the monopoly has easily been retained in the practice; the GTT claims which enjoys the monopoly on the international voice as well as the data services until the year 2030. The Digicel has been expected to launch the competing services in fixed-line market as soon as it gets to do so.

During the year 2018, the government has continued to meet with the Digicel as well as the GTT’s parent company by the name Atlantic Tele Network, and this is regarding the licensing terms as well as the benefits that are expected to come from the market liberalization. The fixed broadband services have been greatly improved, and this is especially since opening of SG-SCS; the submarine cable in the mid-2010 but they are a bit slow and also costly, and a number of the broadband subscribers gets to remain very small.

Submarine cable being proposed by the Digicel would offer the second link to the international cable infrastructure in this region and would go far by being able to reduce the consumer pricing. Government’s plan to be able to build the domestic network connecting the government offices in the remote as well as the inland areas got to be halted by the newly elected government in the year 2015 and went on to close down in the year 2016, and this is after having some mismanagement. However, in the year 2019, the budget funds have been made available to promote the use of the ICTs for the range of the e-government, e-health and the tele-education services to be able to build the ICT hubs in the remote areas.

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