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Cable to be dedicate to E-governance

Government is in the process of procuring the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the introduction of a second fibre optic cable from neighbouring Brazil which is anticipated to arrive in Georgetown by the second quarter of this year.

President Bharrat Jagdeo who made this disclosure at Saturday’s shore end fibre optic cable landing said such a move is part of the bold initiative by the Government to advance the sectors and applications that are vital to the modernisation of Guyana.

With the new communication system in place the President expressed the hope that all social institutions including schools, hospitals and police stations will be connected. Included on the list would be those who are unable to afford Internet access.

“This cable would be dedicated purely to E-Governance… and we hope that we can work with GT&T (Guyana Telephone and Telegraph) to swap capacity on these cables so that we’ll have greater reliability, greater redundancy,” President Jagdeo said.

The absence of redundancy in the system resulting from frequent breakdowns in the Americas II Cable was cited by the President as the main reason for the many outages experienced in the past.

The Head of State reiterated however, that this new plan is in no way intended to infringe on GT&T’s ability to earn money but part of the commitment of the government to ensure that Guyana benefits from as many fibre optic cables as possible.

“It would greatly enhance our ability; Guyana as a destination for ICT (Information Communication Technology) investments… We hope that with this cable coming here with other cables maybe passing through Guyana that we will be able to correct that single factor that has acted as a deterrent to a rapid expansion of employment opportunities and services in the ICT sector,” President Jagdeo said.

Study done years ago by one of the largest consultancy firms in the world on the ICT industry in Guyana had revealed that the country is competitively on-par with India for outsourcing in almost every single area except the cost of bandwidth.

On January 9, the long awaited shore-end landing work of the Suriname-Guyana Submarine Cable System (SG-SCS) was ceremonially welcomed. The new cable will have 3,000 times the current bandwidth capacity and will facilitate enormous development opportunities including, call centres, regional hosting opportunities, the provision of data for disaster recovery facilities, subscriber bandwidth services, telemedicine and distance learning,

The 1,240 kilometre submarine fibre optic cable system will connect Guyana and Suriname to Trinidad and Tobago and hence to the rest of the world.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): S Coward

Quelle/Source: Caribbean PressReleases, 12.01.2010

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