Hours after the National Assembly debated and passed the Telecommunications Bill with the aim of liberalizing the sector, Digicel Guyana welcomed the move by the legislature.
In a statement on Tuesday, Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Kelly said the passage of the bill is the first step in the long overdue ending of the telephone monopoly.
He said it was a laudable achievement and a position that Digicel supports.
“Digicel will now await engagement with the Government to discuss our license and regulations for an open competitive sector. We believe this will create a competitive sector and will result in many benefits in terms of new and improved services for the people of Guyana”, He said.
Despite opposition MPs rejecting the Bill in its current form and recommending that it be sent to a Special Select Committee where it had spent months during the 10th Parliament, the Bill was passed on Monday night with a majority vote from the government benches.
The Bill received the input of Digicel and other services providers and paves the way for the establishment of the Telecommunications Agency and for a regular, coordinated, open and competitive telecommunications sector.
The move will, among other things, open up the sector for more operators to enter and for existing operators to expand their services.