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Digicel lauds passage of Telecoms Bill

Digicel Guyana says it welcomes the passage of the Telecommunications Bill 15/26 which was passed in the National Assembly last evening and will allow for the Liberalization of the Sector.

The Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kevin Kelly said the bill is the first step in ending the telephone monopoly, which is a laudable achievement and a position that Digicel supports.

Kelly, added that they now await engagement with Government to discuss its license and regulations for an open competitive sector, which will result in many benefits for Guyanese.

The Bill was considered clause by clause and passed without amendments, after it was read a second time today in the National Assembly last evening.

This came after a major vote against the Bill being sent to a special select committee for continued debate.

The purpose of the Telecommunication Bill was set out in the administration’s policy paper to effectively bring to an end a monopoly enjoyed by one agent in the telecommunication sector.

This position taken by the administration confirms to their regional commitment as established in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which speaks specifically to establishing an enabling environment to promote competition and fair trade.

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