GTT commences replacement of damaged cable in Demerara River

first_imgThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Wednesday announced that it has started the replacement process of its damaged submarine cable in the Demerara River.The team that landed the cable across the Demerara river.According to the company, the replacement cable will give added future capacity to services since it consists of 24 strands, as compared to the damaged cable which had 12 strands.The company added that “During the last quarter of 2019, the company was able to complete the design and permitting process of the replacement cable”.In June 2019, GTT reported cable damage caused by a vessel’s activity in the Demerara River near Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD); this activity as such facilitates the replacement of the damaged cable.Over the past years, the telecommunications giant has been urging persons to desist from vandalising its cables across the country, since such actions affect the mobile services and internet for thousands of customers.GTT’s technical team anchoring the cable on land, in Craig, East Bank DemeraraOnly recently the company revealed that over 10 cases of vandalism have been recorded for 2019 as they called on citizens to report the incidents if they are witnesses to these acts.“For 2019, we have had over 10 cases of vandalism to our infrastructure. We are pleading with the public to report any form of vandalism by calling our 0908 hotline. Such vandalism causes degradation of service and affects many customers.”The company’s most recent vandalism case was in December of 2019, where it offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of persons involved in the vandalising of its fibre-optic cables on the Linden Highway, which has resulted in widespread service disruptions.GTT reported that the Linden Highway cable was cut, leading to the loss of all its services in Linden, Bartica, Kwakwani, Ituni, Mabaruma and Port Kaituma.last_img read more