Government Of Guyana & GTT Announces Cree Access To Basic 4G Services
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Telecommunication, Deryck Cummings, and Guyana Telephone & Telegraph (GTT) Chief Commercial Officer, Gert Post, were present at the launch of the GTT’s “Free Basic 4G Services”.
This initiative was developed by GTT and is designed to give people free 4G access to information from more than 20 local and international sites including Wikipedia, Educationgy.org, Guyana Learning Channel.com, google.gy, gina.gov.gy and all major news sites in Guyana. This service is now exclusively available to all GTT mobile users across Guyana.
To access the free sites, users just need a data capable phone (feature or smart phone) to start browsing. An active data plan is not necessary. Chief Commercial Officer, Gert Post, noted that “as 4G is now available in Guyana, GTT wants to ensure that everyone can freely benefit from this new technology by being able to use the web for education, information, check the weather and to access the information of the Government of Guyana. That’s part of our commitment of doing more for developing Guyana.”
The Caribbean Urged To Address Cyber-Security And Information Security Issues
Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie says the region needs to address issues related to cyber-security and information security to build confidence in investors and citizens.
In an address at the opening of a regional conference – “Exploring Innovation in Transactions and Financing the Caribbean” on Wednesday, Cuffie said as the internet and technological advances continue to reshape the way business is done the reality of increased economic crime continues to have a serious impact on the economy .
He told regional representatives that bearing this in mind cyber-security legislation and the proclamation of the Electronic Transactions Act and the Data Protection Act are back on the agenda as key deliverables of his Ministry.
Cuffie continued, “There is no doubt therefore, that increasingly, greater attention will have to be paid to the potential of cyber-crime on the financial systems.”
“The question for us in the Caribbean is simply this: are we truly equipped to deal with the modern versions of cyber-crime? Moreover, how can we, using the ITU and ECLAC position ourselves in such a way that any such threat to the financial services sector in the region can be met with the requisite level of resistance?”
Former PM Owen Arthur Calls For Creation Of A 'Cyber City'
The creation of Smart Cyber City at Warrens, was among a number of ideas offered by former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur to boost economic growth, as he addressed the annual general meeting of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre.
Arthur appealed to the Government and the private sector to create Smart Cyber City to promote IT services to advance economic growth. Arguing that information technology must be one of the pillars of economic growth, the now Independent MP insisted that the Smart City would provide state-of-the-art facilities for advanced software promotion for IT-enabled services on par with the best in the world.
He cited Mauritius as having already undertaken a similar endeavour and said that it is not difficult to conceive how the Warrens area and the corridor including the UWI Cave Hill, could be made our Cyber City.
“Indeed, the Cave Hill Campus needs to be built out as a township and equipped with a Science Park to serve as Barbados’ link to the Global Technological community,” said Arthur, who served as Prime Minister between 1994 and early 2008.