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Guyana: GTT loses tens of millions of US$ because of Digicel’s alleged bypass

but company has no intention of taking legal action against Digicel

THE Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has recorded tens of millions of United States (US) dollars in losses because of their main competitor; Digicel’s alleged bypass of GTT’s subsea fibre optic network.

GTT, despite the odds, said that they are working through the loss with the hope of finding solutions and moving forward.

“We believe that it is in the tens of millions of US dollars but we are trying to work through it,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GTT, Justin Nedd, during a press briefing at Herdmanston Lodge on Monday.

In recent days, Digicel has come under scrutiny from sections of the media and even their customers who have not been able to access data (internet) services.
The disruption of these services was reportedly because of the Suriname Government’s decision to shut down an alleged “illegal microwave link” that supplied data from Digicel-Suriname to Digicel-Guyana.

Digicel is yet to confirm those claims but telecommunications company, GTT has been accusing Digicel of the illegal act for years.

GTT which is the only authorised provider of subsea fibre optic telecommunication services, has, on several occasions, called for an investigation into Digicel’s alleged illegal, unlicensed trans-border link between Guyana and Suriname.

“In 2010 which is almost a decade ago, GTT landed the only subsea fibre optic cable in Guyana…it has the ability to supply the entire country with connectivity and internet,” said Nedd.

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