After weeks of disconnected land-line and shaky cellular connection in Mabaruma from Guyana’s only land-line provider, residents of Mabaruma, North West District are breathing a sigh of relief after the community of 300 subscribers was finally reconnected last Sunday.
Reports reaching Demerara Waves Online News suggest that residents were left out of the loop for quite some time about what really had caused the blackout in communication leaving some frustration in the community. Eventually, the phone company broadcast messages on the state-owned radio station that recently began operations there.
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) spokeswoman, Allison Parker said the phone system was down due to damage to transmission equipment.
She said the phone company spent US$15,000 to purchase replacement equipment.
The Mabaruma exchange serves less than 500 subscribers and brings in revenue of less than US$2,000 monthly.
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes said she was unaware that the phone service in Mabaruma was down.