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Guyana sets liberalisation date

Guyana’s minister of public telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, has pledged that the nation’s telecom sector will finally be liberalised by the end of May this year, with the relevant regulations to be in place by that date, along with the establishment of the new regulatory authority, the Telecommunications Agency, reports TeleGeography. Guyana passed long-overdue legislation in mid-2016 to end the incumbent GTT’s monopolies and reform the regulatory structure for the sector. “The implementation of the bill relies on negotiating an agreement with GTT, however, and the operator has previously defended fiercely its exclusivity, including derailing past efforts to pass legislation on the matter. The Telecommunications Agency, meanwhile, is set to incorporate one of the existing watchdogs – the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) – and will oversee the sector alongside another existing regulator, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).” More here

  • Friday, 17 March 2017

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