-promises low prices, faster browsing
By Leonard Gildarie
The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) is gearing to launch its Blackberry Service on Friday with “affordable” prices and faster internet browsing, among other attractive features, company officials disclosed yesterday.
The service has been a hugely popular one, especially for the young as well as office staffers and those constantly on the go, as smartphone users have access to internet browsing, email messaging, instant messaging using the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service, and much more.
It has also become an iconic fashion statement despite one handset costing in excess of $40,000.
Dubbed the “11.11.11” project by GT&T, as it is being launched on November 11, 2011, the venture will see the company achieving yet another goal in a host of new services to Guyanese, says Yog Mahadeo, Chief Executive Officer.
While he was guarded on packages to be offered, Mahadeo made it clear that the service will bring a whole new experience to local Blackberry users.
“Just wait until Friday. We do have some announcements. But I am at liberty to tell you now that low prices and fast browsing will be among the features.”
The launching is expected to be glitzy one at the company’s Brickdam office.
During the past weeks, the company had been airing teaser ads flashing “11.11.11”.
According to Mahadeo yesterday, GT&T over time has proven its worth and value to Guyana with almost 60% of its cash payouts annually, going to government.
Over the last 20 years, government would have been paid $53.8B in taxes and dividends while $35.8B went to ATN.
The executive insisted that dividends and fees made to its US-parent company, Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN), were plugged right back into Guyana.
On average, GT&T has invested over $3.2B annually in Guyana for the last 20 years.
“We are serious about Guyana. Our total investments in Guyana since entering in the ‘90s have been over US$350M. We are serious about Guyana and if you examine our social and other programmes, this seriousness is reflected. We have invested millions in the ‘Jingle and Song Competition’ and you can see how well that is doing and its soaring popularity.”
Digicel Guyana also offers the popular Blackberry services.
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