Bad weather disrupts landing of fibre optic cable in Guyana
Bad weather in Suriname has disrupted work needed to be done before the landing of the fibre optic cable in Guyana, which promises to revolutionise the delivery of information and communications technologies (ICTs).
In a US$60M deal, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) and Surinamese telecommunications giant (Telesur) are setting up the new state-of-the-art submarine fibre-optic cable.
The cable – some 1,200km or 700 miles long – will represent a potential increase of 3000 to 4000 times the telecommunications bandwidth currently available through the Americas II cable and satellite links.
GT&T had planned an official ceremony with President Bharrat Jagdeo for tomorrow to mark the cable landing in Guyana, but the company said “adverse weather condition in Suriname has disrupted the work needed to be done before the cable is landed in Georgetown.”
GT&T and Telesur had planned to bring the new cable into operation within the first four months of this year.
The local company said that it is investing US$30 million in the project “to ensure that Guyana and its citizens have more reliable access to new high-capacity bandwidth, at lower costs than satellite connections offer today.”
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has in the past expressed the need for GT&T to show its business plan for the new cable.
However, the company said it was impractical to finalise a business plan for the project “when we cannot know what demand will exist for bandwidth, what services will be in demand, or other relevant factors that may be determined by the Government’s ongoing sector review and ICT programme planning.”
The new cable will result in a huge increase in data and voice transmission capacity for both Guyana and Suriname.
The investment could also improve communication with and investments from neighbouring countries such as Brazil and French Guiana through terrestrial extensions to the new cable.
The investment will place both Guyana and Suriname on equal footing with the most developed countries in terms of infrastructure of their international telecommunications connectivity, providing unlimited and secure bandwidth for business operations.
With the installation of the new fibre optic cable, the Americas II cable will function as a backup to the new system.
The plan is to upgrade and resurface the Americas II system this year.