GTT has outright dismissed claims of being in talks with the incumbent government to shut off if possible or to reduce internet speeds across the country to contain the spread of information allegedly during the upcoming electoral recounting process.
In a strongly worded statement, GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justin Nedd said that the misleading information was publicized without any research, responsible conduct, basis or fact checking.
GTT hereby stated that the statement is baseless, libelous, and untrue.
Such a statement is irresponsible and has severe national security implications, the company added.
According to Nedd, “I have stated before – and will state again – that GTT as a private entity is not politically inclined. We will work with all elected officials, and respect their various roles. We are independent in our corporate structure and do our best to support Guyana well beyond the provision of telecommunication services.”
That being said, GTT said what is of concern was the swift sharing of the erroneous contents of the article via social media.
Acknowledging World Press Freedom Day which was observed yesterday, May 03, 2020, GTT reminded that it would be prudent to also appreciate the terms of such freedoms.
“Generally, this is to be shrouded in the pursuit of truth and fact – and speaks to the dissemination of balanced, accurate, and credible information,” the media release added.
It continued, “While this is largely the responsibility of the media, our access to social media holds us all accountable to these principles. It is disappointing that persons unhesitatingly shared that article to create division and incite dissension.”
Further, GTT said it is mindful also that its energies and collective efforts are needed elsewhere.
There is a pandemic to manage, it said, adding that far from withholding access to internet services, it has taken measures to make mobile services free to medical frontliners.
The company added that it has also reduced rates for the business community, offered extra data to mobile customers and MMG app in supporting the call for persons to transact business from the safety of their homes.
Additionally, in anticipation of increased demand, GTT noted it had increased internet capacity on March 01, 2020.
In the coming weeks, the telecommunications giant revealed that it will announce even further measures to help the people of Guyana throughout this time.
“There is never a good time to divide – but now more than ever, we need to unite. We are in this together Guyana – and as your telecommunication provider, we are committed to enabling the sharing of information and keeping you connected.”
“As the leader of GTT, taking a position of shutting off our customers for the sake of an alleged political ploy is not something that my team and I can ever justify, condone and hence our absolute condemnation of this spurious piece of misinformation,” Nedd made clear.
“Let me reiterate that GTT is irrefutably committed to Guyana’s development and growth,” he said in conclusion.