GTT launches LTE in Essequibo

7 Mar 2017

Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has inaugurated its LTE network, launching services on the Essequibo coast several months ahead of schedule. Speaking at its launch ceremony, GTT CEO Justin Nedd said that the company had selected the region for the rollout following requests from its customers, Demerara Waves writes. GTT customers with compatible handsets and SIMs will have access to the high speed service until the end of March. GTT did not disclose any further details of the new network and its capabilities, however, such as the frequency bands used for the service or the speeds that customers could expect to receive.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the introduction of high speed mobile data services in Guyana was delayed until May 2016 by prolonged difficulties in passing the necessary legislation. A reform bill was finally passed in July 2016, prior to which GTT and its cellular rival Digicel were granted permission to launch ‘4G’ networks (the pair introduced HSPA+ services, marketed as 4G) to ensure that mobile broadband services would be available in time for the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. Despite the passing of the new legislation, the promised reforms have not materialised, and neither cellco has yet received a full 3G/4G concession.

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