Sunday, August 07, 2011

Guyana - Govt has been working to develop an open telecoms sector to advance social and economic development

[NCN Guyana] The Government has been working assiduously to develop an open telecommunications sector, to lend to the social and economic advancement of the country.

This is according to Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, who was speaking at the presentation of the new telecommunications legal regime at the International Conference Centre earlier today.

He noted that the telecommunications sector has been rapidly evolving, hence the need for a new legal framework to enable Guyana to perform effectively in a competitive environment.

He believes hybrid solutions are necessary to improve telecommunications, given Guyana's population.

The new telecommunications legal regime will see the development of the new telecommunications act and amendments to the public utilities commission act, as well as regulations for licensing, interconnection and pricing.

New licenses and frequency authorization will also be issued under this new legislation to Gt&T, Digicel and four existing internet service providers.

Under the new institutional arrangement for the sector, the minister responsible will be tasked with developing policies, determining what types of networks and services require licenses and oversee the new telecommunications agency that will be established.

Government is working to open the telecommunication sector

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