Digicel lauds passage of the Telecommunications Bill- awaits further engagement
Digicel Guyana welcomes the passage of the Telecommunications (amendment) Bill 15/2016 which paves the way for the Liberalisation of the Telecommunications Sector.
In a statement on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Guyana, Kevin Kelly stated that “the passage of this bill is the first step in the long overdue ending of the telephone monopoly, which is a laudable achievement and a position that Digicel supports.”
He added that the company now awaits the engagement with the Government of Guyana to discuss its license and regulations for an open competitive sector.
“We believe this will create a competitive sector and will result in many benefits in terms of new and improved services for the people of Guyana” Kelly said.
The Telecommunications (amendment) Bill 15/2016 was passed on Monday night in the National Assembly.
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes noted that Guyana cannot waste any more time lagging behind in this information technological age. She added that the bill is a major breakthrough for the telecommunication sector in Guyana.
During his contribution to the Bill, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge highlighted that the legislation is intended to allow more service providers to enter the market, thereby creating competition and offering more affordable packages to consumers.
The purpose of the Telecommunication Bill is to create a competitive regime in the sector, by bringing an end to a monopoly enjoyed by one agent; the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific.