Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016, 18:40 by Denis Chabrol
Guyanese are on the verge of benefiting from higher data speeds on their mobile phones, with one of the country’s major phone companies announcing that it has been granted approval to offer 4G service.
“Finally, we will bring you 4G. I know that you’ve waited a long time and I am as happy as you to say that we have received approval from the Government,” said Guyana Telephone and Telegraph’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd said in a company statement.
Digicel’s Regional Executive Officer for Guyana, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Gregory Dean confirmed that his company was ready to switch on its 4G network ahead of expected approval. “We expect both networks to receive authorization and we would be ready to offer 4G services,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.
The announcement that the Guyana government has finally allocated spectrum to offer 4G services comes less than one month before thousands of Guyanese are expected home for the Nation’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations and would be looking forward to higher data speed to live stream and/or upload audio, video and images.
Demerara Waves Online News was told that the approvals to GTT and Digicel would include conditions pending the National Assembly’s approval and eventual presidential assent of long-awaited Telecommunication legislation.
GTT said customers will enjoy a new and exciting experience with the roll out of GTT’s 4G service giving them the opportunity to do More with faster speeds.
“Our 4G mobile network will enable you to connect to the internet much faster than ever before whether to browse, watch videos or movies, download music or shop online. All Smart phones sold by GTT are ready to experience the faster speeds” Nedd added.
Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes has been visionary and forthright in acknowledging GTT’s ability to Do More for their customers. “We are happy to announce that in close cooperation with GTT we are able to provide high speed broadband services. This is the way for our country and it underlines that GTT is ready to Do More for Guyana and for their customers”, Hughes was quoted by GTT as saying.
GTT said the 4G service would be available to our mobile customers with active data plans in Georgetown and additional areas will soon be activated to offer more customers this new experience.
GTT takes this thanked its loyal customers, for their business and we welcome new customers to experience 4G.
Prior to the decision by the Public Telecommunications Minister, she had said that government was teaming up with telecoms providers to establish hotspots at strategic locations to cater for Guyanese who would like to share the Jubilee celebrations.