Guyana has better availability and reliability of telecommunications services than it did in the early 1990’s. This includes a significant increase in the number of working landlines – from 13,000 in 1991 to 114,000 in February 2006. Guyana’s landline infrastructure (excluding mobile telecommunications) is owned and maintained, on a monopoly basis, by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T). GT&T links several remote villages via satellite and provides international connectivity via the Americas 11 cable (by way of overland links through Suriname and French Guiana). Three companies currently provide cellular service in Guyana, with GT&T being the dominant service provider. There are currently around 277,000 cellular subscribers and this number is growing rapidly. Internet is offered via a combination of Dial-up, DSL and wireless technologies.
The Government wishes to see liberalisation of the telecommunications market-place in Guyana, believing that the properly-regulated introduction of market forces will reduce the costs and improve the quality of services to all customers. This will be particularly valuable for the newly-emerging ICT-enabled services sector which has the potential to generate large numbers of jobs and exports.