– also slashes prices for qualifying customers by 50%
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) yesterday announced the implementation of 10 megabytes per second (MBPS) internet speeds, some five times the old speed, no extra cost to its customers.
This initiative has already been made available to communities on East Bank Demerara such as Eccles Housing scheme, Diamond/Grove, Nandy Park and Providence; and Enterprise, East Coast Demerara.
At the launching, GT&T Chief Executive Officer, Radha Krishna Sharma, explained that the service upgrades would be implemented in phases. By the end of May it was expected that the upgrades would be available in Houston (EBD), Central Georgetown, Sophia, South Ruimveldt and Beterverwagting.
Another change coming from the telecommunications giant is the package offered to both residential and business customers. According to Sharma, the internet service will be sold in bronze, silver and gold packages within the range of 1MBPS to 10MBPS. Bronze package subscribers will pay the usual $4,999 monthly.
Silver package customers will pay $9,980, but with improved speeds of up to 5MBPS, while gold package subscribers will now have up to 10MBPS, at $14,979 per month.
Current GT&T internet subscribers will automatically experience the new speeds at reduced prices. However, Sharma went on to say that this upgrade will only be available to approximately 70 per cent of customers. This is due to the areas where their homes are located. Bartica and Kwakwani never migrated to the E-magine service and thus, do not qualify for higher speeds. Instead, they will receive price reductions of up to 50 per cent.
“I want to see this launch in the context of (GT&T’s) consistent developments in this country. Since our entrance, we have invested in excess of $58 billion in the development of our infrastructure. It will have a transformative effect in our businesses,” the CEO stated.
Asked about the possibility of an upgrade to 3G and 4G speed for mobile devices, Sharma stated that while his company is prepared for that upgrade, the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has the responsibility of providing the appropriate spectrum for that upgrade.
He stated that though such an upgrade was in progress, the matter was out of GT&T’s hands for the time being. He however, expressed the hope that such a situation could not last indefinitely.
Public Relations Officer, Allison Parker, also offered useful tips to customers on enhancing internet speeds, such as installing a filter to their phone. Filters could be collected from any GT&T business office, at no charge.
She also advised customers to reboot their modems periodically and to limit the number of connected devices so as to improve their experiences.
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