Renewed calls for action to be taken against the bypassing of GT&Ts system – 22nd Jan 2013
There are renewed calls for action to be taken in the bypassing of GT&T’s network in the making of overseas calls. Acting Chief Financial Officer, Sonita Jagan, said, countless letters were written to the authorities for them to address the illegal bypass which results in significant revenue loss for GT&T.
Internet Cafés have been buying cheap minutes for use with the phone company’s special server to facilitate overseas calls, but have been using other applications for their overseas calls. Jagan said, the revenue losses means that the Government will not be collecting taxes on those earnings. She said, there is little they could do at the moment.
The bypass of GT&T’s system has been a sore point for the company for years and last year, the Internet Interest Holders Group (IIHG), an umbrella group of Internet phone call providers, were vocal in objecting to what it called GTT‘s blocking of internet calls late last year. Ms. Jagan said, that the bypass of its system is not good for development.
Over the years internet cafe’s which offer cheap internet calls to the US and UK and around the Caribbean, have been springing up in just about every village in Guyana and is used by many to be in regular contact with their loved ones.