1.6 Cellular Telephone Service, where available, will be provided upon request to any applicant for mobile or fixed Cellular Service. Tariffs approved by the Public Utilities Commission and Articles 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 23 and 28 of these Regulations will apply. GTT may, at its option, choose to provide standard telephone service via cellular techniques, at rates established for standard service. In this case, all articles of the General Regulations will apply.
GTT's Cellular Service is based on the North American "Amps" standard and uses system "A and B" frequencies.
GTT may supply and install cellular instruments, antennae, and associated power supplies at the request of the customer and will register, activate and provide service in its system to any cellular telephone conforming to the above standard except:
Cellular telephone units which are reported stolen in Guyana or elsewhere.
Cellular telephone units which are recorded as having unpaid balances in Guyana.
When the customer wishing to activate the cellular unit is delinquent in payment in respect of other services provided by GTT.
The service area of the offered cellular service will change from time to time. The quality of service within the service area is subject to radio path interference and cannot be guaranteed.
Although GTT believes communications over the cellular system will be confidential, GTT cannot guarantee that communications will not be intercepted by those wishing to do so and in possession of the necessary specialized radio receiving equipment.
GTT will provide service to customers on a monthly basis with a minimum term of six (6) months and service to Roamers, when available, with a minimum term of one (1) month.
Charges for GTT's cellular service can be categorized as follows:
Initial Connection or Activation Charge.
Monthly Access Charge/Rental.
Miscellaneous charges, including charges for instruments when repaired, reconnection or late payment charges.
Roamer billing charges and charges for special features.
1.7 THE ACTIVATION CHARGE
This is a non-recurring charge payable upon the initial connection of a cellular instrument into the system, so that calls can be made or received.A user's manual for the equipment must be provided to guide the GTT technician. Service will be activated immediately to all customers meeting standard credit and service initiation requirements.
1.8 THE MONTHLY ACCESS CHARGE
This is a recurring charge payable monthly (or as provided in the approved tariff) for continued access to the network.
1.9 THE USAGE CHARGE
A Charge is made to the customer per minute (or a fraction thereof) for use of the system for conversation or transmission of any intelligence, measured from the instant the first party dials to the time of disconnection. Usage may be billed to the customer for each call made to and from his instrument, and may be billed to both parties when a call is made from one cellular unit to another. With the Calling Party Pays system the customer will not be billed for calls received. Usage charges will not be billed to customers of cellular service for international calls received.
1.10 CAUTIONARY DEPOSIT
GTT may, after review of the credit history of the applicant, require a cautionary deposit equal to not more than two (2) months expected charges, or, having become aware that an unusual number of calls have been made from a line, require the customer to place an immediate deposit to cover the cost of such calls. All Telecommunication services offered by GTT are subject to economic feasibility and to availability of facilities. Some services are not offered everywhere. All services are offered to the public, without distinction or discrimination, at published or contract rates approved where required by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
It is the responsibility of the customer to provide the environment (e.g. appropriately air conditioned or security) in which the Company's telecommunication equipment is to be operated efficiently.
It is the responsibility of the customer to provide a suitable supply of commercial power, including outlets for the operation of any equipment on the customer's premises. Customers with wireless local loop service will also be responsible for the periodic replacement of standby power supply which supports the wireless radio interface in the customer premises. GTT will not be liable for a lack of emergency calling capability in the event that the system is without power for any reason.
GTT reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to implement any new technology which might become available over time, and to do so without any liability to the customer.
1.11 The service provided in response to any application is, at all times, subject to such changes or modifications as may appropriately be directed by the Public Utilities Commission, the Minister of Public Works and Communications, any changes in public law or as the exigencies of the Company's business may reasonably require.
Whenever facilities are not immediately available (to furnish service to all applicants) the order of precedence for access to such facilities as may become available from time to time shall be as follows:
The President of Guyana.
The Prime Minister of Guyana.
The Speaker of the National Assembly /the Chancellor of the Judiciary.
Ministers of the Government, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Minority Leader.
The Armed Forces, Police Force, Fire and Prison Departments; Organisations engaged in provision of Essential Services.
Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Consulates; Heads of Local Offices of Multilateral Aid Agencies; Secretary General, CARICOM Secretariat; Heads of Local Offices of Bilateral Aid Agencies specified by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Judges of the Supreme Court other than the Chancellor of the Judiciary, The Chairman and other members of the Public Utilities Commission.
Senior Public Officers, including Permanent Secretaries.
Persons, other than the persons mentioned in Category 6, having diplomatic status.
Doctors in medicine, other health professionals recommended by the Minister of Health. Religious organisations and places of worship and assembly; namely churches, mosques, temples & mandirs, etc.
Public Call Boxes
General Managers and Heads of Editorial Departments of major national media and major businesses.
Staff critical to GTT operations as determined by the Board of Directors of GTT and reported to the Public Utilities Commission.
Officers of the PUC whose duties are critcical to the functioning of the Commission.
1. In the above list -
(i) "Disabled person" has the same meaning as in the Telecommunications Act 1990 (No. 27 of 990).
(ii) "Essential service" means Airport facilities, Sea Defence, Port Facilities, Health Services, Service of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electricity, Water Supply Services (except retail delivery), Airline Services and facilities for Tertiary Education like the University of Guyana;
(iii) "Major business" means a business owned by a company within the meaning of the Companies Act 1991 (No. 29 of 1991) and having an annual turn over of not less than one hundred million dollars as established by corporation tax returns;
(iv) "Small business" means a business having an annual turn over of not less than one million dollars as established by income tax or corporation tax returns.
2.2.1 In the case of categories 1 to 8 (inclusive), and 13, out of turn allotment/connection will be made available only where the telecommunication facility is provided at the expense of the Government or the concerned organisation.
2.2.2 Where a person falls under two or more categories, he/she will be entitled to the highest priority of the categories. The priority assignment of service is also based on the date of the application, since there may be several persons who are all entitled to the same priority.
GTT shall have the right to request a cash deposit for the purpose of establishing credit, plus one month's rental in advance and the installation costs.