Gov’t experiencing difficulty with fiber optic cable
Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon has said that Government has been experiencing some amount of difficulty with the LTE Fiber Optic Cable programme.
According to Dr Luncheon, the cable is already in Georgetown, but the lots which are about five sectors have to be connected.
He explained that the continuity of the project will have to be determined by the transmission of signals from the point of origin in Lethem all the way to Castellani House compound.
Dr Luncheon noted that defects in the programme are mainly because of the ‘up and down’ terrain. “It’s a bit of a difficulty and the five contractors have been going back to correct defects in the works,” Luncheon told the media.
He said that until that portion is completed the connection between sections will not be done. “One has to be satisfied that the cable has been placed properly and buried at the proper depth,” he added.
The project, which commenced at the start of last year, is intended to boost the government’s ability to carry out its “e-governance” strategy.
The 560-kilometre cable was laid in six blocks– from Lethem to Annai, from Annai to Kurupukari, from Kurupukari to Mabura, from Mabura to Wisroc, from Wisroc to Providence and then from Providence to Georgetown.
Five repeater stations need to be constructed with the most advanced one being based in Linden. The cable was laid in 10-kilometre stretches, and as a result, connecting “joint boxes” where the splicing will be done, also had to be constructed at 10-kilometre intervals.
The project is part of the government’s plan to improve internet access in Guyana and would have a direct impact on the One Laptop Per family Project through which the government hopes to provide free internet access to all communities across the country.
The laying of the cable was done by MMC, Dax Contracting and Dynamic Engineering, which were responsible for burying cables along the route. They used Guyana Power and Light (GPL) poles to suspend the cables where necessary.
The design of the project was carried out by E-Networks (Guyana), Huawei (China) and Oi (Brazil). The project came shortly after GT&T landed a US$60M fibre optic cable from Suriname.
Dr Luncheon also disclosed that some 15,000 laptops from the One Laptop Per Family project has been distributed. According to Luncheon another 10,000 are on the verge of being distributed and that would be considered phase one.
He stated that through the support which has been provided by the Chinese Government, Guyana will be accessing another 30,000 laptops. Dr Luncheon said that would take the programme into phase two “which take us well into 2013.”
Government has set 2015 as the target when every Guyanese becomes versed in the use of the computer and will complement this plan with the roll out of the OLPF where 90,000 families receive one laptop free of cost.
The project “One Laptop Per Family (OLPF)” aims to gear Guyana’s development path on an Information Technology.