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Free government Wi-Fi to benefit citizens of Guyana

Free government Wi-Fi to benefit citizens of Guyana

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The Government of Guyana, through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), has started the installation process of 1000 free Internet access hubs across five regions.

Named ‘The 1000 Hubs Project’, the initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the Industry and Innovation Unit at OPM and the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), will result in thousands of citizens gaining from access to free Wi-Fi.

The hubs will be fitted with the 1000 Internet boxes (LTE/WiFi CPE) presented to the Government by Huawei, late last year.

During that presentation, Prime Minister Mark Phillips said that the donation will assist his government in its aim to bridge the digital gulf in Guyana.

The LTE boxes can transfer 4G networks outdoors at over 300 metres and just below 100 metres indoors to more than 100 users at a time.

The Government of Guyana has been supporting ICT development. At its recent budget, it was announced that US$1.3 billion will be allocated to support the rapid development of the ICT sector this year.

The hubs are geared to complement the existing installation of ICT hubs in around 200 communities through the ICT Access and eServices for Hinterland, Poor and Remote Communities Project. These are also under the Prime Minister’s direct management.

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