$1.3B Fibre Optic Cable scrapped – Hughes

After months of conducting a series of inspections, the government is made to face the stark reality that like the Skeldon Sugar Factory, the Fibre Optic Cable from Lethem to Georgetown is just another humpty-dumpty.
This is according to Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes.
The Minister said that Government was optimistic about salvaging the cable. She said that even when checks were done and it was discovered that the cable was in a horrible state, there was still hope.
The Telecommunications Minister noted however those money that were allocated to repair the cable will have to go elsewhere.
Hughes told Kaieteur News that Government tried its best to save the $1.3B initiative but given its atrocious state, spending another cent would constitute a grave sin against hardworking taxpayers.
Hughes said, “We had to scrap this project. And it is frustrating to me and it is disappointing that here we have another project that has turned out to be nothing but a complete waste of taxpayers’ moneys. It is sickening.”
Hughes reminded that $240M was budgeted to resuscitate the troubled Fibre Optic Cable Project. She explained that $140 million was allocated to consolidate, monitor, maintain and extend the existing eGovernment Fibre Optic and LTE Network around Georgetown and along the coast from Moleson Creek to Charity.
Government had set aside $100 M to repair and upgrade the Georgetown–Linden Fibre Optic Cable, Hughes said.
She recalled that this project was abandoned by the previous Administration after it had spent over $1B.   Hughes said that the lack of a feasibility study, poor planning, absence of effective project management and the use of inexperienced contractors are some of the major factors that led to the failure of this project.
Hughes said that Government will move to correct all this so that the people of Guyana, regardless of their socio-economic status or remoteness will be digitally connected and socially included.
The Parliamentarian asserted that the strengthening of the eGovernment system is critical in imparting added value to processes that characterize good governance.
She said that improved connectivity within government will permit joint planning and assessment resulting in Government’s business processes becoming more efficient.
Minister Hughes noted that the eGovernment expansion will also serve to facilitate connectivity between Government and citizens thereby strengthening accountability, connectivity between government and citizens and connectivity between and within communities’ thereby building social cohesion and economic development.

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Original Post

"Hughes said that the lack of a feasibility study, poor planning, absence of effective project management and the use of inexperienced contractors are some of the major factors that led to the failure of this project."


 

The botched work could never be resurrected,the wasted money on this project is already forgotten by the PPPites.

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Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

Nonsense that project was never finished,

PPP was trying to sell it prior to the elections,the fella backed out after they lost.

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Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

What nonsense are you talking about? The cable never worked in the first place. It needed to be fixed, not maintained but as it turned out, it was beyond repair. 

Django posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

Nonsense that project was never finished,

PPP was trying to sell it prior to the elections,the fella backed out after they lost.

No man, it was complete and it deteriorated in two years. In fact, from the time PPP lost the election it had started to deteriorate.

GTAngler posted:
Django posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

Nonsense that project was never finished,

PPP was trying to sell it prior to the elections,the fella backed out after they lost.

No man, it was complete and it deteriorated in two years. In fact, from the time PPP lost the election it had started to deteriorate.

And crime started on May 12th 2015.

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GTAngler posted:
Django posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

Nonsense that project was never finished,

PPP was trying to sell it prior to the elections,the fella backed out after they lost.

No man, it was complete and it deteriorated in two years. In fact, from the time PPP lost the election it had started to deteriorate.

LOL

Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

Why dont you shut your behind. The cable was never usable even in PPP time. Alexi dragged it through the mud and left it to the elements without protecting the fiber optic strands. There are hundreds of pictures illustrating his gross incompetence. The idiot did not protect any section of the cable.

Mars posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

What nonsense are you talking about? The cable never worked in the first place. It needed to be fixed, not maintained but as it turned out, it was beyond repair. 

The weird part is that all around me there are uneducated latin immigrants dragging fiber optic cable for cox and verizon and on speaking with them one segment was newly laid from as far away as philadelphia . Alexi had the smarts but he was just a lazy fellow with no concern on how he spent the nations assets. He alone lost 35 million US here with this project.

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The PPP need to take ownership for quite a few blunders. However we see that the PNC are in hunker down mode with no new ideas on moving the country forward. They are busy making excuses about how the PPP left them in the hole. This was not the same tune they were singing when they were courting the people for their votes.  In fact they promised to turn the country around in short time. 2 years later the country in a steady decline with no hope on the horizon. The country needs doers, not excuse makers. 

Mars posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

What nonsense are you talking about? The cable never worked in the first place. It needed to be fixed, not maintained but as it turned out, it was beyond repair. 

Ok then.  So PNC didn't know how to fix it.  If these people can't build a proper bench at Durban Park how can they fix Fibre Optic Cable.  I am betting many of them can't even spell the words Fibre Optic Cable!!!

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Mars posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

What nonsense are you talking about? The cable never worked in the first place. It needed to be fixed, not maintained but as it turned out, it was beyond repair. 

Ok then.  So PNC didn't know how to fix it.  If these people can't build a proper bench at Durban Park how can they fix Fibre Optic Cable.  I am betting many of them can't even spell the words Fibre Optic Cable!!!

Even the world's best doctors cannot resurrect the dead. 

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Mars posted:
Django posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

Nonsense that project was never finished.

Kellyanne Conway at her best.

Yo Cupid...that was funny one

Drugb posted:
warrior posted:

if only once one of you ppp supporters stand up and say when some thing is not right and when the ppp blunder maybe people on GNI will have a little respect for you

 

Many did already, but you did not listen. All Nehru is asking is for evidence but you are too eager for blood. 

he is not asking for nothing the whole of guyana know that donald the duck president son should not be doing this job by the way what is he doing now selling snow cone or living off the money he thief

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Mars posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

They are scrapping it because they don't know how to maintain it.  Do you know what two years of negligence can do to a system that needs constant maintenance? 

What nonsense are you talking about? The cable never worked in the first place. It needed to be fixed, not maintained but as it turned out, it was beyond repair. 

Ok then.  So PNC didn't know how to fix it.  If these people can't build a proper bench at Durban Park how can they fix Fibre Optic Cable.  I am betting many of them can't even spell the words Fibre Optic Cable!!!

if impurities seep into the cable you cannot repair it. It is glass and its ability to transmit date is dependent on its super clean status.

Fiber optic cabling is done every day by Guyanese here in the us. Every time someone install a fios cable they handle fiber optics. It is cable like any other except it require more care than coax.  It is not so highly technical that a few weekends instruction at handling it would not be sufficient for competency. Alexi Failed because he was lazy and he did not plan.

This fibre cable was not completed, so it was never energized with data  In fact, they were doing repairs to sections, while continue laying new fibre.

Installing fibre is not the same as lying regular tel cable  and if Alexi was not knowledgeable enough  to give proper instructions and maintain quality control of  workers  laying the fibre, the entire project becomes a disaster. And it was.

As an example, laying regular tel cable  along railway right of way is more acceptable, than doing the same with fibre, due to vibrations from the train.

The fibre project and Skeldon factory  are two of the most expensive non working projects of the previous government. For whatever reason, they did not seem to have the experience in selecting and managing appropriate contractors.

Just because a person says they know how to mix cement,[or build a road] their inadequate knowledge of the right amounts of cement and sand, could cause the building to fall down.  But please don't tell a Guyanese they don't know how to do something. They can even find a way to milk a cat, without getting scratched.