Electricity, Phone, Internet, TV, Radio, Public Transportation, Banking, Postal and Other Services in Guyana
Guyana’s population of more than 700,000 make use of different tools for communication, such as the telephone, mobile phone, television, radio, newspaper, and internet. As of 2008, 125,000 Guyanese have their own main telephone lines, and more than 281,000 have mobile cellular phones. The country has 2 radio stations, both are owned by the government, and 3 television stations, one owned by the government and 2 privately owned using the US satellite services. In the year 2008, there have been a growing number of internet users amounting to 205,000 already.
Guyanese newspapers are published in its capital, Georgetown, and are then shipped out to its other regions by air or water. They have three daily newspapers namely Daily Argosy, Guiana Graphic, and the Daily Chronicle, all being privately owned. Unfortunately, Guyana has been suffering from numerous problems involving their newspaper and its readership, since the number problem is illiterate adults. There are fewer readerships in the other regions of the country as compared in Georgetown. Also, the failure in wider and better communications can be blamed upon the poor education system, where there is not enough funding for facilities and training for people who are into journalism.
Due to the lack of funding for infrastructures and poor road conditions, it is quite inevitable for the Guyanese to transport people and goods by means of air or water. Water transportation is done using boats or pontoons, along the rivers of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice. The country has 5 ports (Bartica, Georgetown, Parika, New Amsterdam, Linden) where transporting their export products such as bauxite and sugar are made possible. On the other hand, air transportation is also widely used in Guyana since not all places in the country are reachable by land and water. Travelling in land can be through the use of bicycles, cars, taxis and mopeds, though mini buses are quite abundant and are the most common means of transportation.