GTT targets 20,000 households in 2nd phase of fibre service roll-out
Within a three-month period, a total of 20,000 households across 18 communities are expected to receive high-speed service to improve their internet connection as the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GTT) continues its second phase fibre service roll-out.
Over the past two weeks, the company rolled out the service in Melanie, Coldingen, Enterprise Gardens, Enterprise Hymac Scheme, Section C Enterprise, and Bachelors Adventure on the East Coast of Demerara.
In addition, the exercise was conducted in Cornelia Ida, Anna Catherina, Groenveldt, Edinburg and Leonora on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) and Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).
The new area launches saw hundreds of customers being connected weekly; most of them on the same day of application.
GTT Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Home Solutions and Fixed Networks, Eshwar Thakurdin said that the company is making massive improvements to reliably connect customers.
“This is the beginning of the biggest fibre roll-out you have ever seen from GTT; 20,000 additional homes & businesses will have access to our fibre service from now to October 2022. We are doing this with record-high installation rates. This month, we will continue to add several new areas on the West Coast and East Coast of Demerara, while in September, we move the excitement to Berbice.”
Thakurdin added that equipping communities with reliable high-speed internet is the fulfilment of the company’s promise to strengthen communities and reliable connections to its customers.
“Residents can now benefit from a plethora of new opportunities, including work from home employment as a result of us doubling our internet speeds up to 300mbps; in support of the development of the ICT sector and a push for increased access to online job opportunities,” he added.
However, a total of nine residents from Melanie North, Good Fortuin, and Diamond, were rewarded with three months of free Fibre service as part of the company’s massive roll-out activities last weekend.
Vice Chairperson of the Melanie Community Development Council, Sirestsi Bascom was among the residents of the Melanie community who received free service to assist him with community development work.
“Community development is important to us, we believe that this initiative is one that will improve the lives and livelihoods of our residents and we want to thank GTT for coming to Melanie among other communities as part of the early stages of this massive project,” Bascom said.
A resident of Diamond for more than fifteen years, Euclyde Emmanuel also received free service. Emmanuel said that he uses the internet for relaxation but it’s a necessity for his son to conduct research.
“I’ve lived here for more than 15 years and I’ve used GTT’s service for the majority of that time. GTT has grown with the community from its inception of offering its service and I’m happy to see this significant upgrade in internet quality in the community today. I’m also grateful to have received free service,” Emmanuel said.
The company encourages customers to stay connected to their social media platforms to receive updates on the new fibre roll-out areas for their opportunity to join the GTT Fibre community.