In an effort to continue to ‘do more’ for its customers, telecommunications giant GTT has spent two days in Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) conducting registration and installation of its most recent superfast Internet service powered by fibre-optic cable – GTT Blaze.Staff of GTT at Parfaite Harmonie on SaturdayThis was the second phase of the on-the-spot registration and installation exercise that began on Saturday, June 30 and ended on July 1. The first phase was conducted two weeks prior.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) was the Support Officer, Sherissa Critchlow, who said that this was an effort of GTT to provide more services to the area, since the residents only previously accessed the mobile service.“The aim is that these areas here are grassroots areas in our view, because we haven’t done anything here apart from mobile, so we want to come down here, give customers that change to have really awesome service,” she explained.“We don’t want them to wait; we want when they come to get signed up, in just a few hours, the technicians will call them and we’re at the home installing Blaze.”When asked about the response of the residents, the Support Officer said that they had accomplished over 200 sales the day prior and from those sales, half of the installations have been completed.“The response has been great, as anticipated; everyone is excited about the superfast Internet services. As much as there’s rain, our technicians are still out there getting those installations done. So, we anticipate that all of those customers that we would’ve signed up during the course of this weekend will get installed.”Currently, the Blaze service is in approximately 20 areas and is still expanding. Critchlow made it known that the company has put in immense efforts towards sensitising the public on the service and encouraging them to sign up.Teams are present on the roads, making calls, and customers have even been receiving blast texts on when the service would be available in their areas. Persons are also encouraged to visit retail stores to get signed up. As the service is made available in respective areas, after signing up, persons can get installed in 45-50 days.Critchlow is encouraging potential customers to consider the benefits of the service: “Think of what you can do with up to 50mbps of service. You can stream your videos better, gaming, no longer are you buffering. Students who want to do online programmes and so forth, now with Blaze you can do so much more, whether it’s for studies, play, or work.”Persons are encouraged to get signed up as soon as possible.The service incurs a $12,000 installation fee that does not have to be paid up front, but when customers receive their first bill. Customers purchasing this service will receive three things from each package: landline service, Internet service and a backup battery which gives power for 4-6 hours.
The Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) administration has completed its work programme for 2019.This was according to Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Sherwin Wellington while addressing the Region Five Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Friday.Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Sherwin WellingtonHe told the gathering that the administration was given $436,160,000 under its current work programme for 2019.“To date we would have expended those funds. But on the capital side even though we would have expended all of our money, with the savings that we got, we were able to purchase additional things which we had put in the budget and were not approved in all five programme hands. We would have spent all of our allocations on the current budget. We’ve just a few more vouchers to add in, so all the money we would have gotten from the Parliament, we would have spent.”Region Five has been plagued with the RDC not being able to have successful meetings ever since January 2016. In fact, over the past year, the Council has not been able to have any fruitful discussion.Wellington, who was at the time serving as the Clerk of the RDC, acknowledged that the lack of meetings has had a negative impact on the Region.He took the opportunity to call on Councillors to unite for the betterment of the Region.“When you sit here, you sit as a council putting aside party affiliation. So, as a council, you will be able to make decisions that will represent all and that would benefit everyone. So, from 2020, let us all work together and we will get progress when we work together,” the DREO told the RDC.Meanwhile, Wellington said that funds from other Ministries which were pumped into the Region have also been exhausted.