2015 sees Gibtelecom marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Gibraltar Nynex Communications Limited, following the privatisation of the Government Telephone Department by the GSLP Government in May 1990.
Better known by most as “GNC”, or “Nynex”, this joint venture between the Gibraltar Government and NYNEX Communications of the United States came into being in May 1990. The Hon Juan Carlos Perez was appointed as the first Chairman of the Company, which had three Directors representing the Government of Gibraltar at the time and three Directors from the Nynex Corporation of the USA. In September 2001, GNC merged with Gibraltar Telecommunications International Limited (Gibtel), the other local telecommunications provider, to form Gibtelecom and become a full services provider offering fixed, internet and mobile services. Nynex Communications, who at the turn of the century merged with Bell Atlantic to become Verizon Communications, remained in the joint venture partnership till April 2007.
The Hon Chief Minister and current Chairman of Gibtelecom, Fabian Picardo, hosted a reception for all present and past employees and board members of the companies at the Grand Battery. Mr Picardo paid tribute at the event to all the members of the Board, executives and staff for their hard work and dedication in transforming the telecommunications landscape of Gibraltar. GNC had laid the foundations in the early 1990’s of what remains today Gibraltar’s main robust and resilient fixed line telephony system, with fibre optic cables and remote digital equipment located throughout the Rock. Such forward planning had proved to be a vital ingredient in attracting inward investment to Gibraltar’s now burgeoning financial services and egaming sectors.”
Commenting on the anniversary, Gibtelecom’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Bristow, said that “he had seen first-hand how the partnership with the Americans had been instrumental in turning the Company into a more customer-focused and professional organisation, investing in the necessary equipment and technology - traditions which continue to this day. Gibtelecom has now expanded to offer superfast broadband and is on the journey to providing 4G mobile data services, as well as being a player in the global communications industry with its involvement in the Europe India Gateway submarine cable system running from the UK to India, and through the establishment of the Company’s multiple points of presence in Europe. All these developments couldn’t have taken place without those pioneering steps that commenced a quarter of a century ago”.
Adrian Moreno, Gibtelecom Chief Operations Officer added that he had “been proud to be with the Company, in its various incarnations, since the days of the Gibraltar Telephone Department. GNC invested in new equipment, procedures and training to ensure a much improved customer experience. Waiting times for new telephone lines and the clearing of faults are nowadays measured in hours or days, rather than the weeks or months prior to the formation of the Company”.
To mark the 25 years since the formation of GNC, Gibtelecom will be organising a number of other events during the course of the year and on which more information will be provided by the Company in due course.
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